The fate of this year’s T20 World Cup is hanging by a balance. The marquee event is scheduled to take place in October-November in Australia. However, there are big doubts over the tournament because of the pandemic. The world is slowly returning towards normalcy but the chances of the T20 World Cup taking place this year is looking very slim.
The ICC was set to take a final call on the tournament during its meeting last week. However, the governing body of the game deferred deliberation on all of its agenda items including the fate of the T20 World Cup to June 10 due to the issue of confidentiality.
Amidst all these, former Australia batsman Dean Jones has suggested that the tournament could be held in New Zealand. Dean Jones suggested that with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern deciding to ease social distancing guidelines, the tournament can be hosted in that country.
Ardern has announced that there will be no need for social distancing on planes under Alert Level 1, stuff.co.nz reported. As per the guidelines, gathering restrictions will be removed and all current Covid-19 rules on businesses and services will be lifted under alert level 1, however, border restrictions will remain in place.
“Jacinda Ardern said NZ could move to alert level 1 next week, which means all social distancing measures and curbs on mass gatherings will be lifted, she said. Maybe play the T20 WC there?,” wrote Dean Jones.
Jacinda Ardern said NZ could move to alert level 1 next week, which means all social distancing measures and curbs on mass gatherings will be lifted, she said. Maybe play the T20 WC there? #justathought
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) June 3, 2020
As of now, cricket action all around the world is suspended due to the pandemic. But it looks like the action will resume soon. Earlier this week, England announced the schedule for the three-match Test series against West Indies at home. The series will take place next month.