T20 World Cup to be postponed, official announcement this week: Report
In the latest development, ICC T20 World Cup 2020 tournament which is to be held in Australia is all set to be postponed as per a report by Times of India. The intriguing tournament is currently scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 and an official announcement from the ICC is expected before the end of May.
The member boards are set to take part in an ICC teleconference in the coming week when an official decision will be taken. With Australia’s international borders shut down till mid-September, the incoming passengers requiring to go through a two-week quarantine and many more logistical issues facing ICC and Cricket Australia, the current situation is now not in favour of a 16-team tourney.
The report goes on to say that the international cricket body, ICC will further discuss alternate options including Australia hosting the marquee event in February/March 2021, India and Australia swapping hosting rights for the T20 World Cups (Australia to host in 2021, India in 2022), and Australia hosting the tournament in the year 2022.
Once everything is official, then the window could be used by BCCI to begin planning for the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The IPL 2020 has been temporarily suspended owing to coronavirus crisis, but with sports facilities gradually starting to open up, there are clear-cut possibilities that the tournament would happen this year.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India CEO Rahul Johri recently added that cricketing activities could start after the monsoons in the nation. India are also in advanced talks with Cricket South Africa for a three-T20I series in South Africa which is originally scheduled to be held in August.
“IPL is one of the greatest engagers. More people watched the IPL last year than those who voted for general elections. For sponsors, cricket is a leader and it will lead the way. The recovery will be sharper than a V-shaped recovery,” he added.
“The flavour of IPL is that best players of the world come and play, and everyone is committed to maintaining that flow. But it will be a step-by-step process. We can’t expect normalisation tomorrow.”
It has been learnt that the election process to replace outgoing ICC chief Shashank Manohar is also set to be discussed during the ICC conference.