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Cricket Australia(CA), on Thursday(28th May), released the schedule of fixtures for his hosting series at their home in summer. The board has also left the window for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which is scheduled between October and November in Australia. However, CA CEO Kevin Roberts is not assured for organising the mega event and is ready to incur huge revenue loss.
As the coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty, Kevin Roberts wishes to stage the T20 World Cup this year, but he is well aware of the unprecedented situation. The chief executive added that there is a very high-risk of hosting the tournament amid the pandemic.
“We have been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there’s a very high risk about the prospect of that happening,” Roberts said.
Loss of AUD 20 million To Cricket Australia:
Australia will have to face colossal revenue loss if the T20 World Cup 2020 is not hosted. As per CA Chief, the board would have to face AUD 20 million loss. And if everything goes with the plan and the event is arranged, they would have to bear the expenses further. As the event would be behind the closed doors, less revenue would be generated. Additionally, to provide a bio-secure environment to players, CA would have to spend AUD 10 million.
“The likelihood of significant crowds is very slim – ordinarily that would deliver well over AUD 50m revenue to CA. And it’s likely that the bio-security measures that we need to put in place to deliver the season will cost in the order of AUD 10m. So, this is by no means an ordinary season in terms of the financial impact on Australian cricket,” said Roberts.
However, Kevin Roberts is optimistic about hosting the four-match Test series against India in December. India are slated to play at four venues – Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne. They are also scheduled to play the T20I series in October and the ODI series in January.