International Cricket council in the board meeting which is going to be held on 28 may where they are going to discuss about the shifting the upcoming T20 World Cup to 2022 is expected..A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup in the wake of coronavirus pandemic and shifting it may find favours with Cricket Australia, feels the Board member.The International Cricket council flagship event is scheduled in Australia from 18 October to 15 November.The Board meeting will also discuss two-month extension for Chairman Shashank Manohar but primarily the focus will be on deciding the fate of T20 World Cup.who will win
The International Cricket council Board Meeting will be preceded by the Cricket Committee meeting to discuss playing conditions including applying sweat and saliva on the ball.It is expected that International Cricket council’s Events Committee headed by Chris Tetley will present multiple options.”We are expecting three options from the International Cricket council Events Committee. The 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 an empty stadium. The third option could be shifting the tournament to 2022,”says board member.
Of late, Cricket Australia and their top players including present and former, have been aggressively campaigning for the Test Series against India to go as scheduled in November-December.The series is crucial to Cricket Australia’s financial health.”CA wouldn’t be too unhappy if the World T20 is shifted to 2022. At the end of the day, International Cricket council is made up of members. If members decide that bilateral series are more important, you can’t discount that.”Also International Cricket council 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 said.
The deferment will also mean that the cash-rich Indian Premier League, which is a parallel industry in itself, will get the much-needed window if the COVID-19 pandemic is under control by then.”So it can’t be postponed by a few months, say February-March, 2021. It’s not a great idea as we have Women’s ODI World Cup and the two International Cricket council events should not clash. The Women’s World Cup is a much safer bet, there will only be eight teams.”.The Indian team can travel to Australia after the IPL.The Board member also cited a few problems which may lead to deferment of the T20 World Cup.”The costs of quarantine arrangements for 16 teams with support staff plus TV crew will be huge. Add to that if in some of the countries, normalcy doesn’t return, whether travelling will be safe by then,” he said