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India Can Host Both IPL And T20 World Cup If COVID-19 Curve Flattens in India – Sunil Gavaskar

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Former India batting Legend Sunil Gavaskar proposed an idea of shifting the T20 World Cup venue from Australia to India this year. Australia was scheduled to host the event later this year from October 18 to November 15. Due to COVID-19, Australia has imposed a travelling ban of 6 months in the country and the ban could be extended. This could mean that the T20 World Cup can also be postponed this year.

Gavaskar suggested that if Australia will not be able to host the event this year, ICC can consider shifting the T20 World Cup to India. The former India skipper also mentioned that this could only take place if the COVID-19 curve completely flattens in India. In a recent interview with India Today, he said that if possible the Indian Premier League can be played in September. After completion of the IPL season, the T20 World cup can take place in India again. 

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Gavaskar told “ If it can be done where India and Australia come to an agreement then T20 World Cup can take place in India this year. If the COVID-19 curve flattens in India and Australia swap, so the World Cup can take place in India this October-November and next year in Australia”.

Furthermore, Sunil Gavaskar then added that the 2021 T20 World Cup next year which was originally scheduled to take place in India can then take place in Australia.

“ If it’s going to happen then what can happen is the IPL can be held before the T20 World Cup so that it’s enough to practice for players before the T20 World Cup,” he added. 

India last hosted the T20 World Cup in 2016 whereas Australia was supposed to host the T20 World Cup for the first time later this year. The IPL too has been indefinitely suspended by the BCCI but there is a slight probability that this year it may take place later in September. No cricket has been played in the last one month in the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. ICC is yet to decide whether the T20 Worldcup will take place or not in 2020. 

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