BCCI Questions ICC For Delaying Decision On 2020 T20 World Cup

BCCI Questions ICC For Delaying Decision On 2020 T20 World Cup

Adam Gilchrist, ICC T20I World Cup 2020,
Australia (Credits: cricket.com.au

Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) has questioned the global governing council for delaying its decision on T20 World Cup even after Cricket Australia has accepted its inability to host the marquee tournament this year. The chances of hosting the T20 World Cup in 2020 looks slim as the world is still grappling against the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings told reporters.

A final call on the T20 World Cup might be taken in July with the global governing council deferring its decision on the marquee event for the second-time straight. In Australia, the government has relaxed its regulations on sporting events, which will allow at least 25 per cent of spectators in the stadium depending on its total holding capacity.

T20 World Cup 2020
T20 World Cup 2020. (Photo: Twitter)

Nothing much left for ICC, don’t know why they are delaying: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal

The marquee event, however, will need a lot of logistics to be hosted for 16 teams which looks hard to be arranged it the current pandemic situation. It is, touted, as one of the major reason for the tournament to be postponed.

“When the host nation is showing its inability to host the tournament, there is nothing much left for the ICC. I don’t know why they are delaying. It’s their call, whenever they want to go ahead with the announcement, they can. But sooner the better for world cricket,” Arun Dhumal told India Today.

BCCI Questions ICC For Delaying Decision On 2020 T20 World Cup
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly along with other office-bearers. Credit: AP

Cricket Australia chairman has stressed on the point that hosting a 16-team tournament in the current world looks next to impossible. He said, the Covid-19 cases are increasing, and in such scenario it will be difficult to host a marquee tournament.

His statement nearly clears the door for IPL 2020 to commence this year as the parent body of the tournament have kept their options ready for the tournament. The board CEO Rahul Johri had said that the tournament can be held after monsoon while tournament chairman Brijesh Patel is optimistic about hosting it this year.