‘Unrealistic, very, very difficult’: Cricket Australia boss on staging T20I World Cup this year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com
Jun 16, 2020 09:30 AM IST

The T20I World Cup tournament is originally scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15 this year in Australia.

Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings on Tuesday told reporters that it would be ‘unrealistic’ to hold the T20I World Cup this year due to the ongoing global pandemic. The officials have previously stated that they are figuring out a way to hold the tournament on the scheduled dates. But with the travel restrictions in place due to virus-related concerns, Eddings believes that it would be difficult for the tournament to take place.

File image of T20I World Cup.(ICC)
File image of T20I World Cup.(ICC)

Speaking to reporters, Eddings said: “While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through COVID spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult.”

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“The ICC are having meetings as we speak, it’s a bit of a movable feast at the moment,” he further added.

The tournament is originally scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15.

T20 World Cup chief Nick Hockley, who took over the role of interim Cricket Australia chief, further added that he believes the ICC to make a final decision by next month. “We’ve got a fantastic local organising committee who are busy preparing for every eventuality and the decision that will come,” he said.

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