Amid all the uncertainties over the future of upcoming World T20 2020, Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck has given a big statement over the future of Marquee tournament. The tournament is originally slated to be organised in October-November 2020 for a period of almost 30-days but due to the prevailing CoViD-19 conditions the future of the tournament hangs by a thread.
Though, the global governing council has deferred the decision till June 10, it is highly likely that the Global Governing Council might defer the tournament till early 2021 or 2022. CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) President Kumar Sangakkara had hinted the same recently.
However, the Australian Sports Minister has asserted that the federal Government along with the International Cricket Council and state governments are working on organising the tournament on time and arranging the logistics and prerequisite to make sure the tournament goes on without hassle.
“As Australia’s sports minister, I join with cricket fans around Australia is looking forward to welcoming the Indian squad ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The federal government, along with the International Cricket Council and state governments continue to work towards ensuring the event proceeds”, Colbeck said in an interview with Sportstar.
With the international travel still seems a far cry, hosting 15 teams in October –November need a lot of pre-requisites in such circumstances. The 14-day isolation period will also have its say and the proposed 30-day tournament might end up stretching to 45 or 50 days.
Recently, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has also clarified that any call on the tournament’s future will only be taken after August. Apart from World T20 2020, Cricket Australia will also look to go ahead with the proposed Australia tour of India to ensure the financial stability.