The coronavirus pandemic has halted all the sporting events across the globe. All eyes will be on the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to follow later this year in Australia. However, the hosts – Cricket Australia is confident to host the global event as per the schedule – which is set to begin from October 18.
Last week, India’s ODI series against South Africa was called off. England also cancelled their two-match Test series in Sri Lanka before Australia called off their ODI and T20I series against New Zealand. Bangladesh decided the same with their last leg of Pakistan tour while the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended until April 15.
On March 17 (Tuesday), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also called off the Pakistan Super League just before the semifinal as the cases of coronavirus patients spiked in the country. While the situation right now is not at all promising, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts on Tuesday confirmed that the planning for the T20 World Cup is going ahead as planned and there have been no major changes.
“We are really hoping that all forms of sport can be played again in a few weeks or a few months’ time. None of us are experts in this situation obviously, so our hope is that we are back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played,” cricket.com.au quoted Roberts as saying.
“And at this stage we are planning on November 15, to have a full house at the MCG to inspire the world through men’s cricket as the women’s cricketers did here just last week,” he added.
The main 12-team competition is set to kick off with a match between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground and then India versus South Africa at Perth Stadium on October 24 with the final on November 15.