CA chief says exploring ‘all other options’ to stage T20 World Cup
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Published: April 23, 2020 10:02:40 pm

West Indies cricketers have a good time after beating England throughout the ICC World Cup T20 remaining match on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. (Express photograph by Subham Dutta)

Cricket Australia (CA) chief govt Kevin Roberts on Thursday hinted at a potential change in dates for the T20 World Cup, saying “we are exploring all other options” to stage the occasion, which is initially scheduled for October-November.

Like other sports activities, cricketing motion too has come to an entire halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the IPL indefinitely postponed and the T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia, going through an unsure future.

“Cricket Australia is working closely with the ICC, the Local Organising Committee and the Australian government so we have a comprehensive understanding of exactly what it will take to be able to play the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in October in Australia as planned,” Roberts stated.

He attended the chief executives’ committee assembly with the apex physique through a convention name.

“We are also jointly exploring all other options in relation to staging the event and will take the right decisions at the right time so we can host a wonderful celebration of the sport and keep everyone involved safe and well,” Roberts added in an ICC assertion.

CA is already feeling the monetary warmth due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and with cricketing motion unlikely to resume anytime quickly, it’s observing losses price “hundreds of millions of dollars”.

The Australian cricket physique has stood down 80 p.c of its full-time employees and shortly the gamers may need to take pay cuts. Roberts is banking on the India collection in the summertime to save “hundreds of millions”. Instead of the scheduled 4 Tests, a five-match residence collection in opposition to India has been proposed at a single venue if the necessity arises.

“If you ponder the prospect of the worldwide season particularly being affected, we have now a problem of a whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars} on our fingers.

“So it’s very important that … we do everything possible to stage the season,” Roberts had stated earlier this week when requested in regards to the monetary implications of India not in a position tour within the Australian summer season because of the pandemic.

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