Corona virus- Show stopper
The pre-planned T20 world cup is set to be hit with a possible delay by two years due to the COVID-19 spread across the globe. The men’s T20 world cup has been planned to host by Australia later this year. Due to the rapid spread of deadly corona virus the scheduled sports event has been called off globally.
Earlier Australia successfully host the women’s T20 world cup where Australia women’s took the trophy. The out break of corona virus almost cancelled all the scheduled sports event globally.
Cash rich Indian Premier League too face the same fate where BCCI planned to host the tournament at the end of April or at the beginning of May. Earlier ICC planned to hold a teleconference meet to discuss about the T20 world cup execution.
ICC’s update on T20 world cup
According to the latest reports, the International Cricket Council (ICC) may postpone the T20 World Cup until 2022 as there is no possible playing window in 2021.
“The question being internally discussed was to postpone it but there was no status quo on ‘until when?’ Well, India is scheduled to tour Australia in December.” a source close to developments was quoted as saying by TOI.
“Early next year, Australia have their Big Bash scheduled. March would not be an ideal time (with IPL to begin in April) because the broadcaster won’t agree to back-to-back T20 events,” the source further added.
“India is anyway hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup. So, the ideal choice has to be 2022,” the source further added.
Earlier this month, ICC had claimed that the T20 WC will “go ahead as scheduled”.
“In response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee is monitoring the situation closely with relevant authorities, and will continue to do so,” ICC had said in a statement.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), there are 1251 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases in the country and 32 fatalities have been reported.