By AZ Aamir
The wait to know the fate of the T20 World Cup is intensifying with fans desperately waiting for the final decision of the world cricket governing body (ICC).
The ICC in its last Board meeting in June had failed to take final decision and had deferred the matter to July. The world body had said that it wanted to do the ‘right decision’ and so opted to take some time to decide the fate of the marquee 16-team event which is originally scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.
With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) already having postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for one year to next summer the global sports body in its Executive Board meeting today also postponed the 2022 Youth Olympic Games to 2026.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) also recently postponed the Asia Cup 2020 to June 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The same is likely to be the fate of the T20 World Cup as Cricket Australia chief had already hinted that the vital event was unlikely to be staged this year due to COVID-19. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has also stated that the T20 World Cup is not feasible this year.
Mani. also a former ICC chief and the current head of the ICC Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee, was of the view that it would not be possible to keep 16 teams in the bio-secure bubble.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief and former India captain Sourav Ganguly had said recently in an interview that the ICC wants to stage the T20 World Cup in October-November as it is the major source of ‘revenue’ for the global body.
With Test cricket already having been resumed with the first Test in Southampton between England and the West Indies recently which the visitors won, the ICC would be going to take a tough decision in its Board meeting which is expected to be held next week.
On the one hand the PCB is considering to stage the final few matches of the PSL-5 later this year the BCCI would be hoping to hold the IPL in September-October if the T20 World Cup is postponed.
The PCB is adamant to stage the final phase of the PSL in Pakistan the BCCI is not sure whether it would opt for staging its lucrative league at home or on foreign soil for the third time in the league’s 12-year history.
There are uncertainties everywhere in the cricket world due to universal pandemic which has posed a real risk to human life in the entire world.
Australia’s chances of hosting T20 World Cup is bleak in the sense that it has initiated a six-week lockdown from July 7 at its second major city Melbourne, fearing emergence of second wave of the coronavirus. The other day a player from Melbourne told thecricketplus.com that all borders around Victoria have been sealed and no body can sneak out of the city with the temperature going down constantly.