Published: April 15, 2020 3:16:39 pm
Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg feels his nation ought to go all out to make sure that the T20 World Cup is held as scheduled this 12 months even when it means bringing in teams a month in advance in chartered flights and testing all taking part gamers for COVID-19.
The lethal COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed greater than 1,20,000 folks globally and positioned international locations beneath lockdown, has forged a shadow over the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15. Hogg stated he’s in opposition to the concept of a cancellation or postponement, and the organisers must take some proactive choices to make sure the occasion’s clean conduct.
“There is a lot of talk that the T20 World Cup in Australia could be cancelled or rescheduled to a later date. I don’t like that…But there are a few issues which we got to address,” the 49-year-old stated in a video posted on his twitter deal with.
“A lot of players have been in lockdown. They haven’t been able to go out, train and prepare for a tournament such as the T20 World Cup. So we got to get them here a month, a month-in-a-half earlier that what we would do in a normal situation,” he stated.
He advised that gamers be examined earlier than they board chartered flights to enter Australia. “There is not any business flights, so we’ve to have chartered flights…Before the gamers get on to the chartered flights all of them get examined.
“When they get to Australia they go into lockdown for two weeks. After the two week quarantine period they are tested again and if they pass the test they are free to go out, prepare and train,” he added. Hogg stated sustaining social distancing gained’t be an issue in cricket.
“Social distancing is not an issue in cricket because all the time the players are more than a metre and half away from in the middle. “The only issue probably could be the slip cordon but let’s put a rule — you need to be two metres apart in the slip cordon,” he stated.
He doesn’t see any rationale behind denying cricket-starved followers the chance to look at the motion on TV, saying suspending the World Cup might be a “weird” thought. “Why cancelling the tournament? There are so many viewers out there who are starved for these great games. They want to have live cricket on their TV screens and now will be licking their lips to see the best in action,” Hogg stated.
“We have also got another T20 World Cup in India the following year in October and November, so you don’t want 2 T20 tournaments played in a space of less than a year because that would be weird and unauthentic,” he added.
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