The International Cricket Council has dismissed all speculation about the postponement of the T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia. The ICC has also stated that the planning to host the event, scheduled to be held Down Under in October-November this year, continues.
The ICC statement has come on the eve of the crucial Board meeting on Thursday. The T20 World Cup 2020 amidst novel Coronavirus fears is high on the agenda as the all-powerful board would deliberate on various issues, including the inconclusive matter of the election profess for the ICC Chair.
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“Reports of a postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 are inaccurate and planning for the event continues whilst a number of contingency plans are being explored in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the COVID 19 virus,” ICC has stated in a Press release.
Earlier, news agency ANI had reported quoting an ICC spokesperson that the T20 World Cup in Australia may be deferred to 2022 as India is slated to host the event next year.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India meanwhile will be keeping a close watch on the development regarding the World Cup and any rescheduling would open the window to stage the suspended Indian Premier League 2020 sometime between September and November this year. With no World Cup this year, the BCCI will also not face any problem regarding the availability of international players for the league.
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor last week had stated that it won’t be appropriate to host the T20 World Cup if no spectators are allowed in the stadiums. The presence of crowd during the World Cup becomes more significant for the World Cup after the final of the women’s tournament earlier this year had attracted a record attendance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when the home team had defeated the all-conquering Indian eves.