Published: April 23, 2020 12:06:52 am
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum on Wednesday advocated for this 12 months’s T20 World Cup to be postponed to early subsequent 12 months, saying the currently-suspended IPL ought to take the mega-event’s slot.
The Covid-19 pandemic has halted all world sporting actions, jeopardising the T20 World Cup, scheduled in Australia from October 18-November 15, and likewise “indefinitely” suspending the 13th IPL, which was slated to start on March 29.
“I think the IPL will try and target that October window and the T20 World Cup will get pushed back,” McCullum, the coach of IPL facet Kolkata Knight Riders, instructed ‘Sky Cricket Podcast’.
There can be the ladies’s ODI World Cup scheduled in New Zealand in February, 2021. “That may mean the Women’s World Cup gets pushed back but hopefully we get to see all three tournaments operate.”
McCullum mentioned he neither sees the T20 World Cup occurring with out the stadium followers nor does he consider that groups from 16 nations will be in a position to journey to Australia within the wake of the pandemic, which has contaminated greater than 20 lakh individuals globally.
If IPL doesn’t occur, not one of the gamers or help employees receives a commission.
The ICC’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) is about to meet on Thursday to focus on the monetary implications of COVID-19 and likewise the contingency planning for all ICC world occasions, together with the T20 World Cup, over a convention name.
“For Australia to move 16 international teams plus all of their support staff and then broadcasters, seems a bridge too far. I can’t see them playing the T20 World Cup behind closed doors either,” McCullum mentioned.
“There might be a window a bit later within the new 12 months of 2021 which may then open up a window for the IPL (in October and November). You’d have to transfer some abroad gamers for the IPL however with the broadcasters based mostly in India, it’s a lot simpler to pull all of it collectively.
“The ICC and world cricket need crowds to operate but India can probably sustain things commercially behind closed doors because they are going to get so many eyeballs.”
Former New Zealand seamer Simon Doull, who joined McCullum and Ian Smith on the podcast, additionally believes spectators will be necessary to get the revenues flowing from the T20 World Cup.
“A lot of the ICC’s revenue for down the track comes from the World Cups so they want as many people in the stands as possible,” he mentioned.
“They would hate to see a T20 World Cup under lockdown where no one could go and watch and the atmosphere would probably be a little bit less.”
Doull additionally mentioned ICC wants to determine how necessary is the T20 World Cup. “How important is the T20 World Cup? That the first question from an ICC point of view,” he mentioned.
“Is it important enough to have private jets out of each county with cricket teams on them, two weeks in quarantine in Australia and then the tournament taking place, whether there are fans in the stands or not? Is it that important?”
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