IPL 2020 Likely This Year As T20 World Cup Chances Look 'Unrealistic'

IPL 2020 Likely This Year As T20 World Cup Chances Look ‘Unrealistic’

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The chances of hosting the T20 World Cup in 2020 looks slim as the world is still grappling against the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings told reporters on Tuesday. Though the postponement of T20 World Cup is still not officially confirmed, the speculations draws a major hope for IPL 2020 to be hosted this year.

A final call on the T20 World Cup might be taken in July with the global governing council deferring its decision on the marquee event for the second-time straight. In Australia, the government has relaxed its regulations on sporting events, which will allow at least 25 per cent of spectators in the stadium depending on its total holding capacity.

T20 World Cup 2020
T20 World Cup 2020. (Photo: Twitter)

The marquee event, however, will need a lot of logistics to be hosted for 16 teams which looks hard to be arranged it the current pandemic situation. It is, touted, as one of the major reason for the tournament to be postponed.

T20 World Cup looks unrealistic this year: Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings

Cricket Australia chairman has stressed on the point that hosting a 16-team tournament in the current world looks next to impossible. He said, the Covid-19 cases are increasing, and in such scenario it will be difficult to host a marquee tournament.

Adam Gilchrist, ICC T20I World Cup 2020,
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“While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through COVID spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” Eddings told reporters.

His statement nearly clears the door for IPL 2020 to commence this year as the parent body of the tournament have kept their options ready for the tournament. The board CEO Rahul Johri had said that the tournament can be held after monsoon while tournament chairman Brijesh Patel is optimistic about hosting it this year.