Dark clouds continue to hover over 2020 T20 World Cup as its fate still hangs in the balance. The T20 World Cup in Australia is slated to get underway in October but due to the lockdown situation enforced to withstand the Covid-19 pandemic it might be postponed to next year. To arrange the logistics beforehand will be major task for the global governing council due to the pandemic situation.
Though the council is yet to take a firm decision on the T20 World Cup with a meeting set to take place later this month. CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith has hinted that the marquee tournament can be postponed to early next year with the IPL taking the October window. Cricket Australia board members have also expressed similar views about the tournament.
Misbah-ul-Haq: Everyone wants to see the T20 World Cup
Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq believes the authorities should be given time to organise the logistics for the tournament but everyone wants to see the T20 World Cup. Misbhah feels if the tournament takes place it will highlight the return of cricket internationally.
“The logistics of hosting 16 teams is not easy but the authorities should give it time and wait for a month or more before taking any decision,” Misbah said in an interview to YouTube channel, Cricket Baaz.
“Everyone wants to see the T20 World Cup. It would be the best product to highlight cricket once activities resume internationally.”
Meanwhile, England looks like the hot-bed as cricket boards are deciding their ways to resume playing after a brief period of halt due to the pandemic situation. As of now it looks like cricket will resume with the three-Test series between England and the West Indies. The series was originally slated to take place in June but as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had suspended competitive cricket till July 1, the series will take place in July.
Pakistan are also in readiness to send their 25-man squad to England for a ‘bio-secure’ series from end of July. The first of three-match Test series is slated to get underway from July 30 with the final match concluding on August 24 while the three-T20I series will run from August 29 to September 2.