The fate of ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is hanging in balance. As per a BCCI official, keeping the current situation in mind, it would be naive and impractical to organize the T20 World Cup 2020 in October this year.
The ICC is currently exploring its options regarding the scheduling of the multi-nation tournament. The ICC recently held a video conference meeting to discuss multiple issues including the ICC Test Championship and ODI Super League. While the picture is still not clear about 2020 T20 World Cup, ICC is planning to go ahead with 2021 T20 World Cup as per its original schedule.
In his conversation with IANS, the BCCI official said –
To be honest, the T20 World Cup in October seems to be impractical, and even thinking of a gathering of people of that magnitude at this time is naive. I mean think about it. At this stage, you don’t know when international travel would be safe. Someone is saying June, someone is saying longer. Once travel does open up, it would be prudent to study the impact of travel as to whether the coronavirus remains controlled or not.
He further raised his concerns over the tournament of such a huge magnitude pointing towards the humanitarian side of the situation. He questioned if ICC and CA would be responsible for people's safety.
The question would then be whether the CA and the ICC are willing to stick their necks out and take responsibility for such an event where the number of people converging would be significant. Then it comes down to the governments. Would the Australian government want to take such a risk? If so, what would be the timeline of their approval? Would the time be sufficient for the other boards? Would the governments of other countries permit their teams to travel?
The official looked concerned about the safety of the fans during the T20 World Cup 2020 and concluded by asking –
Lastly, with the condition that everyone is going through at the moment, would the fans want to gather in a stadium at this stage? Or would the tickets of only one out of 10 seats be made available to keep a semblance of social distancing norms in place?
While the ICC is still contemplating over the situation, CA has said that they are ready and prepared for alternative solutions as well. CA said that they are also ready to organize the T20 World Cup 2020 behind the closed doors.
Lastly, with the condition that everyone is going through at the moment, would the fans want to gather in a stadium at this stage? Or would the tickets of only one out of 10 seats be made available to keep a semblance of social distancing norms in place?”