Originally slated to begin from October 18, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is unlikely to see the daylight primarily because of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Despite an improvement in the coronavirus situation down under conducting a 16-team tournament involves significant risk.
Having talked against conducting it earlier, Cricket Australia added to the conundrum around the future of the world tournament by providing it with a slot in the schedule for a mega summer later this year.
While the International Cricket Council was expected to take a call on the matter yesterday, them postponing the same to June 10 hinted at other undisclosed developments around the tournament.
Cricket Australia aspire to host ICC T20 World Cup next year
Going by a leaked letter from CA to ICC, it is clear that the former has asked the ICC to postpone the tournament by a year so that they can conduct it next year and not in 2022. Earlier, it was being speculated that India would continue to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and Australia will get their chance in 2022.
“It would be detrimental to cricket if the cancellation of the Australian event is replaced by awarding of the subsequent T20 World Cup in October-November 2022.
“Australia has thankfully managed to flatten the [COVID] curve, meaning there is greater certainty of being able to play in Australia in 2021 [which is key to maintaining member distribution]. This would give India another year to resolve any COVID-related problems,” read the letter sent by CA to ICC according to The Times of India.
If Cricket Australia’s proposal reaches fruition and situation around coronavirus improves in India, the 13th season of the Indian Premier League will have a strong chance of being played in October-November this year.
Former New Zealand captain and current coach of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders Brendon McCullum had hinted the same nearly a month ago.