Australian pacer Pat Cummins gave his opinion on the future of the ICC T20 WC that is scheduled for later this year.
Post the IPL 2021 suspension all eyes turn towards the hosting of ICC T20 WC 2021 in India. Owing to the spike in COVID19 cases BCCI decides to postpone the IPL 2021 in its midway. In this situation hosting ICC T20 WC gets in question mark regarding its execution in India.
Pat Cummins on T20 WC
“If it’s going to be a drain on resources or it’s not going to be safe, then I don’t think it’s right to play it over here. That’s the first question which needs to be answered,” Cummins was quoted as saying by the ‘Age’ newspaper.
Cummins said cricket authorities should check with the Indian government and do what’s best.
“It probably too early to say. It’s (T20 WC) six months away. The priority should be for cricket authorities to work with the Indian government to see what’s best for the Indian people. If it’s going to be a drain on resources or it’s not going to be safe, then I don’t think it’s right to play it over here. That’s the first question which needs to be answered,” Cummins told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Cummins even talked about the helplessness he felt after being away from the COVID-19 crisis in India by staying in hotels and said that he was unsure whether playing for IPL was the right call during the health crisis.
“Speaking to people back home, some had the view that it didn’t see right cricket was going on over here in amongst all the COVID case. But the response I was getting from people in India was the opposite. They all said that with so many people in a lockdown they really appreciate the fact that for three or four hours each night they can watch the IPL. It gives people a routine, it helps to keep them in their homes. Everyone thought it was a positive the IPL was still going on.”
Notably, Pat Cummins is the first cricketer to start the donation for the COVID19 relief fund for India by donating $50000.