With the coronavirus wreaking havoc across the world, more cricket events look set to be affected by it. As things stand, the entire world has come to a standstill and cricket is not an exception either. All the international series and major domestic events have been called off as people stay indoors to stop the transmission of virus.
Earlier this month, the BCCI called off the three-match ODI series against South Africa and also suspended the IPL till April 15. There are reports that the IPL might be cancelled altogether this year. Pakistan also had to call-off the PSL just before the knockouts while the likes of New Zealand, Australia, England and other countries have also suspended their international and domestic fixtures.
And it looks like this year’s T20 World Cup will also be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Australia in October-November. But while there is still some time left for the tournament to go ahead, some leading stakeholders in the game have proposed to the ICC that the T20 World Cup should be postponed for now. Reports suggest that if the tournament is cancelled this year, it is unlikely to take place before 2022.
“The question being internally discussed was to postpone it but there was no status quo on ‘until when?’ Well, India is scheduled to tour Australia in December. Early next year, Australia have their Big Bash scheduled.
“March would not be an ideal time to begin in April because the broadcaster won’t agree to back-to-back T20 events. India is anyways hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup. So, the ideal choice has to be 2022,” a source was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
As things stand, Australia have shut its own international borders to the world until mid-September. In such a scenario, it will be very hard for Australia to prepare for the tournament and cancellation looks like a very likely option now.