Staging T20 World Cup ‘very high risk’, admits Cricket Australia

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |

Updated: May 30, 2020 12:08:08 am

T20 WC There is a ‘very high risk’ relating to staging the T20 World Cup in October-November, stated Cricket Australia. (Twitter/T20WorldCup)

Cricket Australia (CA) has referred to as the staging of the T20 World Cup this yr a “very high risk”, ostensibly shifting its focus in the direction of the Test series in December-January towards India as an alternative.

“The T20 World Cup is a big question and that’s a factor of perhaps (AUD) 20 million… We have been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there’s a very high risk about the prospect of that happening,” Roberts instructed reporters on Friday.

The Test sequence towards India is reportedly price AUD 300 million and even after that, Roberts stated, CA could be in need of AUD 80 million (when it comes to projected income), together with the income loss in case of the T20 World Cup postponement.

“The likelihood of significant crowds is very slim; ordinarily that would deliver well over (AUD) 50 million revenue to CA. And it’s likely that our bio-security measures that we need to put in place to deliver the season will cost in the order of (AUD) 10 million,” Roberts stated.

The BCCI, alternatively, will overview security measures and can accordingly search the Government of India’s approval for India’s tour of Australia.

“As far as the BCCI is concerned, the tour is on. We will review safety measures and then if we get the government permission, we have no problem,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal instructed The Indian Express.

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This got here on a day, when Roberts spoke about how the Test schedule towards India might see a Covid-forced change. Brisbane (December 3-7), Adelaide (December 11-15), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7) are slated to host the Tests towards India. But CA has additionally saved its choices open to make the sequence a single venue affair.

“There are a lot of variables based on whether we have four venues in four states or as little as one venue in one state. There are endless scenarios and possibilities,” Roberts stated.

The BCCI is OK with a single/restricted venue situation. “They are the host country and they know what’s the best thing to do; whether to have it (series) in different venues or at one venue,” Dhumal noticed.

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