Fans Will Be Allowed In The Stadium If And When The T20 World Cup Takes Place: CA Interim CEO Nick Hockley
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Fans Will Be Allowed In The Stadium If And When The T20 World Cup Takes Place: CA Interim CEO Nick Hockley

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Nick Hockley, the interim CEO of Cricket Australia, has said that crowds will be allowed to attend the games if and when the T20 World Cup takes place.

Hockley reckoned that if 15 teams and their support staff can be allowed to enter Australia then fans will not be stopped from viewing the games from the stands.

Fans Will Be Allowed In The Stadium If And When The T20 World Cup Takes Place: CA Interim CEO Nick Hockley
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However, Nick Hockley admitted that bringing 15 teams and their support staff together, is very tricky, suggesting that the T20 World Cup might get postponed to a later date.

“The reality is, and we’ve got much more understanding about this in recent weeks, is crowds are most likely to come back before international travel. Our biggest challenge is getting 15 teams into the country,” Nick Hockley told cricket.com.au.

“If I compare it with the prospect of a bilateral tour, you’re talking about bringing one team in and then playing individual matches. But the prospect of bringing 15 teams in and having six or seven teams in one city at the same time, it’s a much more complex exercise.” he added.

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Fans will be allowed if the T20 World Cup takes place: Nick Hockley

Fans Will Be Allowed In The Stadium If And When The T20 World Cup Takes Place: CA Interim CEO Nick Hockley
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When asked if fans will be permitted to attend the games if borders open to a pave way for the 15 teams to enter Australia, Hockley answered in the affirmative.

“That’s the current thinking, yes,” he added.

Hockley was recently appointed as the interim head of Cricket Australia after Kevin Roberts got the boot for his handling of the Covid-19 issue and the financial mess that CA finds itself in.

Hockley admitted that he was very shocked as he had not seen it coming.

“I’ve had very mixed emotions. I was very shocked to be asked. I didn’t see it coming at all, so I probably haven’t had time yet to process it. I feel very sad for Kev (Roberts). On the other hand, I feel this is a massive privilege to be asked, it’s a massive responsibility and a massive opportunity even if it’s only for the next few months,” he said.

The ICC is set to take a final call on the T20 World Cup next month.

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