Cricket South Africa (CSA) Graeme Smith believes there is a high chance that the 2020 T20 World Cup slated to take place in Australia will be postponed to next year. The marquee tournament is originally scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15. But the global governing council is keeping all its options open for the tournament to commence.
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.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are also ready to send a 25-man squad for a series against England. Cricket South Africa are expected to host India for a three-match T20I series in August. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is being backed to take the October window which was originally kept for the T20 World Cup.
Graeme Smith: There is a very good chance T20 World Cup will be shifted next year
Describing the newly formed calendar year, which is still under speculation and far from being confirmed Graeme Smith said 14 matches were supposed to take place before the marquee event which looks highly unlikely now. Thus, the tournament has good chance of being shifted to next year.
“The hope was that we would have 14 T20 games before the World Cup in October and that’s not going to happen anymore. There is a very good chance it’s going to be shifted into the beginning of next year, so we’ll have to consistently assess,” Graeme Smith said in a video press conference.
“There are so many things up in the air, so the key is just to be ready,” he added.
Smith also asserted that the T20 World Cup might take place early in the month of February or March in 2021.