Having T20I World Cup in Oct is impractical, says BCCI

Ruben Hill
April 30, 2020

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has put forth a plan to help out countries, which are likely to incur huge losses in the coronavirus pandemic. I mean think about it. "Once travel does open up, it would be prudent to study the impact of travel as to whether the coronavirus remains controlled or not", the official pointed.

"The question would then be whether the CA and the ICC are willing to stick their necks out and take responsibility for such an event where the number of people converging would be significant".

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday had said that his government is looking at all option as far as resumption of sporting activities is concerned. If so, what would be the timeline of their approval?

Sri Lanka has already lost out on a tour by South Africa in June this year but is banking on India having no qualms of touring the island towards the latter part of June which De Silva said will help replenish dwindling finances.

When it comes to IPL, if the cash-rich event takes place, it will benefit other cricket boards as well.

Finally the official pointed at the biggest area of concern of fan safety.

Interestingly, current Australia players like Glenn Maxwell have already been vocal about the fact that having a World T20 in empty stadiums would be a hard scenario.

"India will look to honour each of those commitments, as soon as we can", one of them said. How to make eight Venues available.

"There has been a suggestion that if we are hosting the World Cup in October, then play the IPL as preparation ground for World Cup". So I can't see it happening in the near future.

Australia's limited-over skipper Aaron Finch echoed the sentiments.

The reason why T20 World Cup is not on Indian cricket board's priority list is because they will reportedly earn around Rs 60-90 crore from the event whereas a single home match fetches them Rs 60 crore.

ICC's digital channels were in overdrive during the 21 February to 8 March event in Australia, with an astonishing 1.1 billion total video views, making it the most watched ICC women's event ever and the second most successful ICC event after the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that a decision on that can be taken at the right time and any planning at this stage would be too early in the wake of the pandemic.

Playing in empty stadiums has been mooted as one way of getting cricket back underway but former New Zealand seamer Simon Doull agreed that doing so at the Twenty20 World Cup was a non-starter. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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