The option of shifting the upcoming T20 World Cup to 2022 is expected to be put on the table when the ICC Board meets on 28 May, a member of the world governing body’s influential Board told PTI on Friday.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 ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, is shrouded in uncertainty even as some sporting action has begun with strict guidelines in place.Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels eventually this year’s ICC T20 World Cup would be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, opening the doors for BCCI to host lucrative Indian Premier League in that time slot.
Taylor said if postponed IPL is held, the travel will be a player’s individual responsibility and not his national Board’s.’I think that’s the most likely scenario (postponement of T20 World Cup) because 15 teams planning to come to Australia between October and November, 45 matches over a proposed seven venues, national travel is going to extremely difficult in the world we are living in,’ Taylor told Channel Nine Sports.14 days isolation before that makes it even harder. More than likely that event is not going ahead. So if the ICC decides to postpone the event that will open the door for the BCCI to say that we will have our IPL is India which actually puts the onus back on individuals then rather than nations moving whole teams over to a certain country.’
The 55-year-old former opener said if the IPL is favoured over T20 World Cup, it opens up serious negotiation opportunities for Cricket Australia with BCCI for the already-planned series Down Under.’So that is certainly a possibility or probability. Cricket Australia will obviously want the T20 World Cup but at the same time will be working hard with India that if their players go there for IPL, they will want India to come to Australia for our summer of cricket next year,’ Taylor said.’Cricket in a way is fortunate with the timing. They have now got some time to do some planning.
I have no doubt that CA will now be thinking about IPL and not T20 World Cup.The Indian cricket team is scheduled to tour Australia from October 2020 to January 2021 for a full series that includes four Test matches as part of the World Test Championships besides three ODIs and as many T20Is.They want India in this country. That’s what they want and they are already talking about Adelaide Oval as a hub.’Asked if it’s feasible to host the entire series in one venue, he said: ‘I think it is, if you have to pick one state you probably pick Adelaide. They have got a hotel attached to the ground.’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. The Indian team can travel to Australia after the IPL