The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shared their opinions on the probability of rescheduling the T20 World Cup. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has put cricketing brains all around the globe in a fix about the scheduling of the various events.
The 2020 World T20, which was supposed to take place later this year, risks the chance of being postponed to next year in February-March or 2022.
While there exists no official announcement at this time, a call would be taken on Thursday at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. As far as the PCB is concerned, they are against the idea of rescheduling the tournament at all costs.
The apex body of cricket in Pakistan wasn’t happy with the speculation of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup getting deferred, offering BCCI the window to hold the IPL. A PCB official opines that we still have time to decide since it is on the backend of May. He said that the ICC must keep tracking the progress of the ongoing health crisis, and the decision to stage the event can be taken after a couple of months.
“We are in May and there is still time. The ICC members should wait and see where this Coronavirus pandemic goes. A decision on staging the event can be taken even after say two months. The IPL is a domestic event of the BCCI and cannot be given preference over ICC events or bilateral agreements. Pakistan will not support any such move.” the representative said as quoted by India Today.
PCB hopes that the English cricketing season will give them a better picture:
With West Indies and Pakistan fully optimistic of touring England in the upcoming months, it could be the first time since March that international cricket takes place. The cricketing boards of West Indies have been thoroughly busy in making arrangements and collaborating with the ECB to ensure that all the safety protocols are in place.
The Caribbean and English players have also begun training. The PCB realises that while no cricketing action is going on at present, England’s home season would further clarify whether things can go according to the plans.
“There is no cricket being played right now but in two months’ time we will know what is the position because West Indies and Pakistan are to play in England if things go according to plan.” he added.