Along with human existence, the COVID-19 outbreak has also affected the sporting scenario. All major tournaments including the much-awaited IPL 2020 have been postponed indefinitely in the wake of the pandemic. Along with IPL 2020, another major event — ICC T20 World Cup 2020 — is set to be postponed. The mega-event in Australia was initially scheduled in the October-November window.
Keeping in mind the current situation, the ICC is set to push the tournament back. The tournament will probably be held between February and March next year. However, if the T20 World Cup happens at that time, the England tour to India, slated for the duration, cannot happen simultaneously.
The postponement of the T20 World Cup means that the October-November window will be empty and the BCCI might sense an opportunity to conduct the cash-rich IPL at the time. All depends on the coronavirus situation at the time.
Cricket Australia could schedule the ICC T20 World Cup next year in February or March, say sources. However, the tournament will overlap with the next edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) slated to begin in April next year. If the T20 World Cup is scheduled in that window, England‘s tour to India will be put in jeopardy too.
If BCCI agrees to allow CA to host the 2021 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup and, in turn, hosts the 2022 edition, things could be sorted out. However, the possibility of the future unfolding this way looks bleak as the BCCI is already busy negotiating an Australia tour with CA later this year.
Postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup will leave a blank window in October and November, giving a rare opportunity for the BCCI to schedule the IPL 2020. BCCI will not mind chartering an airplane to fly in overseas players for the tournament.
However, the idea of hosting IPL 2020 in that window will all be dependent on the COVID-19 outbreak. The coronavirus chain of infection has to break first so that governments approve the travel of overseas players. At the moment, there is no certainty over the matter and things might get clearer in the near future.