ICC may discuss postponing T20 World Cup to 2022
By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: May 15, 2020 8:05:05 pm

India Women vs England women, WT20 2020 semi-final, ICC reserve day, Women's T20 World Cup semi-final, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney weather, Harmanpreet Kaur, Heather Knight, Mithali Raj, Michael Vaughan, ICC reserve day rule The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 this 12 months. (File Photo/AP)

The possibility of shifting the upcoming T20 World Cup to 2022 is predicted to be placed on the desk when the ICC Board meets on May 28, a member of world governing physique’s influential Board instructed PTI on Friday.

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup within the wake of coronavirus pandemic and shifting it may discover favours with Cricket Australia, feels the Board member.

The ICC flagship occasion is scheduled in Australia from October 18 to November 15.

The ICC Board Meeting will likely be preceded by the Cricket Committee assembly to discuss enjoying situations together with making use of sweat and saliva on the ball.

It is predicted that ICC’s Events Committee headed by Chris Tetley will current a number of choices.

“We are expecting three options from the ICC Events Committee. First option is having World T20 as per schedule with 14-day quarantine with crowd being allowed. The back-up for this option could be tournament in-front of empty stadium. The third option could be shifting the tournament to 2022,” a Board member privy to growth instructed PTI on situations of anonymity.

The Board assembly will even discuss two-month extension for Chairman Shashank Manohar however primarily the main focus will likely be on deciding the destiny of T20 World Cup.

‘Cannot be postponed by a few months’

Of late, Cricket Australia and their high gamers together with current and former, have been aggressively campaigning for the Test Series in opposition to India to go as scheduled in November-December.

The sequence is essential to Cricket Australia’s monetary well being.

“CA wouldn’t be too sad if the World T20 is shifted to 2022. At the top of the day, ICC is made up of members. If members determine that bilateral sequence are extra necessary, you may’t low cost that.

“Also ICC might find its cash flow being hampered but it’s a short-term problem. If the tournament happens in 2022, the parent body doesn’t lose anything because it’s deferment not postponement,” the board member mentioned.

The deferment will even imply that the cash-rich Indian Premier League, which is a parallel business in itself, will get the much-needed window if the COVID-19 pandemic is below management by then. The Indian crew can journey to Australia after the IPL.

The Board member additionally cited a couple of issues which may lead to deferment of T20 World Cup.

“The costs of quarantine arrangements for 16 teams with support staff plus TV crew will be huge. Add to that if in some of the countries, normalcy doesn’t return, whether travelling will be safe by then,” he added.

“So it can’t be postponed by a few months, say February-March, 2021. It’s not a great idea as we have Women’s ODI World Cup and the two ICC events should not clash. The Women’s World Cup is a much safer bet, there will only be eight teams.”

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