ICC men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to have its latest edition this year. The tournament will be played between 18 October and 15 November. Last month, Australia hosted the women’s edition of the tournament and it turned out to be quite successful. But with the COVID-19 leading to the cancellation of many cricket tournaments across the globe, the World event has also come to doubt.
The outbreak of coronavirus has put certain doubts over the organising of the tournament. The tournament will be played in Australia and the country has been one of the most affected ones.
The Australian government has said that the global pandemic could go on for six months and there is no surety on how and when the things will finally become normal.
With the mystery regarding the future of Tokyo Olympics (to be held next year) and Wimbledon 2020 (cancelled altogether) already known to all, the sports fanatics have their eyes glued on ICC’s decision regarding this year’s men’s T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia from October-November.
While many speculated the mega event might get cancelled or postponed to 2022, ICC has released a statement which is sure to raise the hope of fans worldwide.
ICC released a statement which read, “In response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee is monitoring the situation closely with relevant authorities and will continue to do so. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from 18 October to 15 November 2020 in seven venues across Australia. We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled.”
If the situation doesn’t get better across the world or in Australia, the tournament could be cancelled altogether. Recently, there were rumours that ICC is planning to reschedule the tournament for 2022. Next year, India will be hosting another edition of the men’s T20 world cup. Hence, it can be easily predicted that if ICC wants to reschedule the tournament, 2021 won’t be the year for Australia.
At the moment, there have been 5788 people affected by COVID-19 in Australia. So far, 39 people have died in the country and the government along with the healthcare department is trying its best to keep the number under check.