Due to coronavirus pandemic, every sporting tournament in the world has been either cancelled or postponed. Australia has sealed its border for six months till September 30. Australia is going to host the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and it seems that it’s on the verge of getting postponed. 2020 T20 World Cup is scheduled from 18 October to 15 November.
According to source as TOI reports, ICC will wait till August to decide on T20 World Cup after analysing the situation. Currently, six months are left in the tournament but ICC is exploring all the options available and is evaluating the situation.
“Right now, things look bleak, and people’s health is the first priority. However, what if the situation improves in a few months’ time? What if the ICC announces that the T20 World Cup is postponed in May itself, and things improve a couple of months down the line, and cricket’s governing body realizes that it took a hasty decision. The ICC will take time to decide on the fate of this event, till as late as August. Don’t expect any announcement before that,” the source told TOI.
Currently, ICC is assuming that it will be organised on schedule and preparing as per.
“As of now, everything will proceed as per plan, and assuming that the tournament will be held as per its original dates. So, all other preparations by the ICC’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Australia, which is already in place, will be on in full swing,” he said.
“During this period of uncertainty, our first responsibility is to protect the well-being of the players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take a safety-first approach to all the operations over the coming months,” he added.
International Cricket Council (ICC) have scheduled a meeting of all its Chief Executive Committee (CEC) on Thursday via teleconference to discuss the Future Tour Program (FTP).
“With the international cricket calendar having gone haywire, it’s likely that all the members will deliberate on revising the Future Tours Programme (FTP). These discussions though could be at an initial stage. Many more such meetings may be required in the future,” said the source.