With the entire world has been fighting against the global pandemic novel coronavirus, all the sporting events have been either postponed or cancelled across the globe. Now there is a doubt on the upcoming T20 World Cup too which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. However, the option of shifting it to 2022 is expected to be decided when the ICC Board meets on May 28, shared a member to PTI on Friday.
The ICC Board Meeting will be with the Cricket Committee to discuss the future of the sports, playing conditions including applying sweat and saliva on the ball after the COVID-19. Moreover, it is expected that ICC's Events Committee headed by Chris Tetley will provide with multiple options.
"We are expecting three options from the ICC Events Committee. First option is having World T20 as per schedule with 14-day quarantine with crowd being allowed. The back-up for this option could be tournament in-front of empty stadium. The third option could be shifting the tournament to 2022," a Board member told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
On the other hand, Cricket Australia and their top players including present and former have agreed for the Test Series against India to go according to the scheduled in November-December. The series is essential for Cricket Australia's financial status.
"CA wouldn't be too unhappy if the World T20 is shifted to 2022. At the end of the day, ICC is made up of members. If members decide that bilateral series are more important, you can't discount that. Also ICC might find its cash flow being hampered but it's a short-term problem. If the tournament happens in 2022, the parent body doesn't lose anything because it's deferment not postponement," the board member further added.
Notably, the shift of the T20 World Cup means that there is a possibility of the cash-rich Indian Premier League takes place which has also been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the final verdict is yet to come.