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BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that he cannot understand as to why is the ICC delaying a call when Australia has already expressed its inability to conduct the tournament. Arun Dhumal also said that the Indian board could take a call on IPL 2020 only when ICC clarifies its stands on the T20 World Cup.
Earl Eddings, who is a member of the ICC board, said on Tuesday that hosting the T20 World Cup involving 16 teams is ‘very very difficult’ and ‘unrealistic’. Australia are scheduled to host the T20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15, but Eddings said Cricket Australia have put forward a number of options to the ICC.
Now, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that it is beyond comprehensible as to why is ICC delaying a call on the T20 World Cup.
BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal Raises Questions Over ICC’s Delay On T20 World Cup
Arun Dhumal, speaking to indiatoday.in, said there is “Nothing much left’ for the ICC after Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings said on Tuesday that Australia’s chances of hosting the 16-team World Cup in October-November is ‘unrealistic’.”
“When the host nation is showing its inability to host the tournament, there is nothing much left for the ICC. I don’t know why they are delaying. It’s their call, whenever they want to go ahead with the announcement, they can. But sooner the better for world cricket,” Arun Dhumal said.
Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.
On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.