Cricket Australia has been actively involved, especially in recent times regarding the scheduling of their upcoming home summer. What appeared as a massively productive and high-profile home season, has been obstructed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Even then, Cricket Australia has shown high optimism in hosting India for a four-Test series. However, the chances of the T20 World Cup taking place in October-November looks highly unlikely.
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts reportedly has shut down the possibility of T20 World Cup going ahead later this year. It comes after a day ICC postponed the decision making to the 10th of June about the fate of the ICC World T20. India’s Cricket Board (BCCI) are also involved in a tussle and keeping a close eye on developments as the postponement of ICC World T20 opens the possibility of organising IPL.
The 13th season of the lucrative league was supposed to commence from the 29th of March. BCCI postponed the same to the 15th of April; however, the steep rise in COVID-19 cases in India meant that it had to be called off indefinitely. The apex body of cricket in India will reportedly suffer a loss of $530 million if the tournament doesn’t take place this year.
Cricket Australia believes holding the tournament in October-November was under ‘very high risk’
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia’s CEO Kevin Roberts spoke to the reporters even though they’ve been optimistic but keeping the ICC World T20 in October-November poses an exceptionally high risk. The association has also requested the ICC to award them the hosting rights for the 2021 T20 World Cup which can take place in February-March or October-November.
“Obviously, we’ve been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there is a very high risk about the prospect of that happening. In the event that doesn’t happen, there are potential windows in the February-March period, October-November the following year. And there are implications here for the ICC over a number of years. So there’s a lot of complexity for the ICC to deal with.” Roberts said as quoted by Hindustan Times.