Cricket Australia (CA) has been pulling all the stops from their end to resuming the sport in its nation. They have entirely expressed their confidence in hosting India for a four-Test series later this year. But this is also the time when ICC might be on the cusp of awarding the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup to India while Australia takes the hosting rights for the tournament in 2022.
This very topic has been the talk of the town ever since the COVID-19 crisis struck. All the cricketing events and future tours have been plunged to uncertainty since most countries have shut their borders. The visit to England by the likes of Pakistan and West Indies could be the first instance of international cricket since March.
There have been reports emerging that the 2020 T20 World Cup might be deferred to 2022 due to increasing concerns about the public health situation. But Cricket Australia (CA) has requested the ICC for the hosting rights for the 2021 T20 World Cup. In doing so, they have ingrained their stance at not being able to hold the showpiece event later this year.
Australia in a better position to host the 2021 event: Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings
Cricket Australia’s chairman Earl Eddings has written to the ICC that the COVID-19 crisis has thankfully come under control in Australia. Hence, given India’s vulnerable situation and the financial burden envisaged in 2022, they should receive the hosting rights for 2021. He opined that an extra year would give a chance for India to get a hold on their crisis.
“Australia has thankfully managed to ‘flatten the (Covid) curve’, meaning there is greater certainty of being able to play in Australia in 2021 (which is key to maintaining member distributions). This would give India another year to resolve any Covid-related problems.” Eddings said as quoted by Times Now.