Former Australia player Brad Hogg feels Australia should go to the extend and ensure that the T20 World Cup takes place as per the schedule this year even if it means bringing in all the teams a month in advance in chartered flights and testing all participating players for COVID-19 and make them fit as well.
The deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 1 million people globally and left the countries under lockdown, has raised questions over the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November this year. However, Hogg said that he is against cancellation or postponement while the organisers will have to make some serious decisions to make sure the tournament takes place smoothly.
"There is a lot of talk that the T20 World Cup in Australia could be cancelled or rescheduled to a later date. I don't like that...But there are a few issues which we got to address," he said. "A lot of players have been in lockdown. They haven't been able to go out, train and prepare for a tournament such as the T20 World Cup. So we got to get them here a month, a month-in-a-half earlier that what we would do in a normal situation."
He also suggested that players should be tested for COVID-19 before they board chartered flights to reach Australia.
"There is no commercial flights, so we have to have chartered flights...Before the players get on to the chartered flights they all get tested. When they get to Australia they go into lockdown for two weeks. After the two week quarantine period they are tested again and if they pass the test they are free to go out, prepare and train," he shared.
Brad Hogg also added that maintaining social distancing won't be a problem as well which is considered one of the main steps amid this situation. He also shared that postponed or cancellation of the World Cup will be a "weird" idea.
"We have also got another T20 World Cup in India the following year in October and November, so you don't want 2 T20 tournaments played in a space of less than a year because that would be weird and unauthentic," he added.