PCB chief says he does not see T20 World Cup happening this year

Published: June 17, 2020 9:55:05 pm

icc t20 world cup, icc board, icc board meeting, There is concept that the October-November window for the T20 World cup can be taken up by the IPL if the ICC pronounces a postponement or cancellation. (FILE)

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday stated he does not foresee the T20 World Cup happening later this year in Australia because the COVID-19 pandemic stays an enormous menace.

Mani’s feedback got here a day after Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings conceded that the worldwide T20 showpiece appears “unrealistic” as it is going to be troublesome to fly in 16 groups to the nation.

“We have had a lot of discussions and the feeling is it (T20 World Cup) would not be possible this year. ICC has World Cups lined up in 2021 and 2023, so we have a gap year where we can adjust this event,” Mani informed reporters.

“God forbid if some player(s) falls ill or mishap occurs during the tournament, it will have a big impact and create panic in the cricket world and we can’t take that risk,” Mani, who additionally heads the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Rights Committee, stated.

He stated the most important hurdle in the way in which of holding the T20 World Cup in Australia this year was that the federal government there was very cautious in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mani stated even when the occasion is held, it is going to be in a bio-bubble setting, together with empty stadiums.

“Having a bio-bubble setting is possible for say a bilateral sequence like Pakistan in England, however it is vitally troublesome when 16 groups are concerned,” the PCB chief added.

The destiny of the occasion, scheduled to be held in October and November, is shrouded in uncertainty as a number of nations proceed to have in place, strict journey restrictions as a result of coronavirus outbreak, which has contaminated over 8.three million individuals throughout the globe.

“I would say it is unlikely…trying to get (teams from) 16 countries into Australia when most countries are still going through COVID spiking is unrealistic or very, very difficult,” CA chairman Eddings stated on Tuesday.

Last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC), after a board assembly, stated a choice concerning the event might be made subsequent month.

The world physique acknowledged that it desires to proceed exploring contingency plans for some extra time as a name of this magnitude must be taken after each attainable deliberation.

There is concept that the occasion is headed for a postponement and the window might be utilised by the IPL, which is at the moment suspended.

Mani stated one other ICC convention name is scheduled in per week and discussions are ongoing about the way forward for the T20 World Cup.

“The factor is the ICC and member boards are stakeholders after which there are the broadcasters as key stakeholders as effectively. They are their place and what’s finest for them.

“We are also taking into consideration views of associate member countries who get shares from the event. I expect a final decision in three to four weeks time.”

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