The International Cricket Council has recently said to Reuters that it is continuing their preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played in Australia later this year according to the plan and also denied reports that said a decision had been taken to postpone the mega event owing to the global pandemic novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, media reports in India said this year's event could be pushed back to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, a meeting is scheduled to discuss several issues related to the pandemic by the ICC where the members will also address the future of the World Cup, which is about to take place at stadiums around Australia from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15.
"The ICC has not taken a decision to postpone the T20 World Cup and preparations are ongoing for the event in Australia this year as per plan," a spokesman for the governing body shared to Reuters. "This is on the agenda for the ICC Board meeting tomorrow and a decision will be taken in due course."
Australia has been among the most successful countries in stopping the spread of the global pandemic novel coronavirus but travel restrictions will be there with several state and territory borders still closed because of this. On the other hand, a Cricket Australia spokeswoman said to Reuters that she was not aware of any kind of decision is taken regarding the World Cup.
As the COVID-19 has postponed all the sporting events across the globe, Indian Premier League is one of them which was earlier scheduled to begin from March 29 and that eventually got delayed to April 15 before getting cancelled for the time being. Now they have a window open for this cash-rich league during the October-November if the T20 World Cup gets postponed for this year.
However, Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins told reporters on Wednesday that the IPL could be aa good option if the World Cup was postponed.
"You have millions and millions around the world watching that format and I'm sure this year could potentially be even more after a long break off cricket," he added.