With the global pandemic novel coronavirus has postponed all the sporting events all around the globe, it has raised a question on the fate of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup also which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year. However, the postponement of this year's T20 World Cup in Australia to 2022 can open up a window for the cash-rich Indian Premier League in October which was earlier decided to take place in March at first and then in April before getting postponed for the time being.
"There is a good chance that postponement of World T20 will be decided during Thursday's board meeting. Whether there will be a formal announcement or not is the question," an ICC board member said to PTI on conditions of anonymity. "There is very little chance of World T20 going ahead in this situation. I don't think either Cricket Australia or the top boards will mind."
However, another ICC spokesperson added that no final decision has been taken on the mega event yet. He also added that the preparations are ongoing for the event in Australia this year according to the plan.
"ICC has not taken a decision to postpone the T20 World Cup and the topic is on the agenda for ICC Board meeting tomorrow and a decision will be made in due course," the spokesperson was quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier, PTI had reported on May 15 that ICC's Events Committee which is led by Chris Tetley, might give a plate full of options and one of them could be the shifting of the tournament. Meanwhile, Australia have announced their fixtures where India will be touring Australia at the end of the year as members are likely to give more preferences to bilateral series to recover from the huge financial losses took place during the global pandemic COVID-19.
"There are a few questions that need to be asked. The commercial viability of having a T20 World Cup in February-March 2021. Before that, an IPL in October-November window and another IPL in the March-May window," a BCCI insider related to the broadcast deals said. "So we are looking at three big-ticket tournaments in six months. In this current economic scenario, that will be a very bad call."
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