England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan is against the commencement of 2020 T20 World Cup this year citing the novel coronavirus pandemic situation. The fate of the T20 World Cup could be decided today as the global governing council is scheduled to hold a meeting today.
The 2020 T20 World Cup is originally slated to get underway from October 18 to November 15 in Australia. But given the pandemic situation, the arrangement of logistics for 16 teams, will be a huge ask for the global governing council. In normalcy, 17 T20I matches were scheduled to be played before the mega-event, but now in every possibility it looks unlikely.
Eoin Morgan: I’d be surprised if it goes ahead
2011 World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan has said that he would be surprised if the 2020 T20 World Cup is not postponed. Explaining his views, Morgan said that Australia is in a lockdown situation and have recorded fewer cases in comparison, adding they would not want to let lose on it and arrange a 16-team tournament.
“I’d be surprised if it goes ahead. My reasons for that would be if you look at how Australia have handled the pandemic, they’ve shut down the borders pretty early, had a limited number of cases and deaths in comparison to the rest of the world,” Morgan said while promoting the Chance to Shine charity.
“Their biggest worry moving forward – a small negative to a huge positive – would be they almost don’t know what the immunity would be like if the virus does have an outbreak.
“Having 16 teams across several venues has the potential to expose something.
“It might only be a handful of cases to be spread, but when you look at how quickly it escalates, you weigh up the chance of playing a World Cup or postponing it, (which is) probably a bigger positive.”