Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell (Image Credit: Getty)

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell believes that the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup cannot take place in India due to the ongoing covid situation in the country.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is scheduled to host the T20 World Cup later this year but with India undergoing a massive Covid wave, question marks have hovered around the viability of staging the competition in the country wracked with the virus.

T20 World Cup Trophy, ICC
T20 World Cup Trophy. (Photo: Getty Images)

Chappell said that it would be a matter of “common sense” to move the tournament out of the country.

Notably, the International Cricket Council has kept the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the backup venue.

“It would be a matter of common sense not prevailing if it went ahead in India. Paul Keating once said to always back self-interest because you know it’s a goer, and you could substitute financial interest in this case,” he said

“And that doesn’t apply just to cricket administrators, the money that’s been outlawed can be the only reason why the Olympics is still going ahead. But, logic would tell you that the T20 World Cup can’t go ahead in India,” Chappell said as quoted by Inside Sport.

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Meanwhile, the BCCI is currently hosting the 14th season of the Indian Premier League and while the tournament is taking place seamlessly at the moment, calls have grown louder to scrap the tournament midway due to the ongoing Covid situation.

A total of five cricketers- four overseas and one Indian- have parted ways with the tournament due to family reasons.

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