In the last one and half month, the World has been living under the fear of COVID-19 virus. The virus has infected around 2.5 Million People and consuming around 1,65,000 lives in this duration. Till now the doctors and medical teams World over have failed to make an antidote of the deadly virus.
The situation has forced the Governments world over to lock down their respective countries till the situation improves significantly. Apart from lockdown all the countries have also sealed their international border.
Sports events the world over either been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. The Virus has also cancelled all the cricket action for at least upcoming few months now. And with the situation looking very bleak at the moment, International Cricket Council (ICC) have started to assess the conditions and their impact on the upcoming ICC events like the T20 World Cup.
As per the FTP, Australia will host this year’s T20 World Cup in the month of October-November. But in the wake of COVID-19, the Australian Government have barred any international travel for six months i.e. September 30. This situation has also forced the ICC to adopt wait and watch policy.
According to a report in The Times of India, an ICC spokesperson has stated, “Right now, things look bleak, and people’s health is the first priority. However, what if the situation improves in a few months’ time? What if the ICC announces that the T20 World Cup is postponed in May itself, and things improve a couple of months down the line, and cricket’s governing body realizes that it took a hasty decision? The ICC will take time to decide on the fate of this event, till as late as August. Don’t expect any announcement before that.”
“As of now, everything will proceed as per plan, and assuming that the tournament will be held as per its original dates. So, all other preparations by the ICC’s Local Organising committee (LOC) in Australia, which is already in place, will be on in full swing,” he added.
The last T20 World Cup was hosted by India in year 2016. West Indies hold the World Champions title right now in the shortest format of the game.