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Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has suggested that the T20 World Cup can take place in New Zealand as the country is now almost Covid-19 free. New Zealand has done an excellent job in keeping the coronavirus situation in check, and the country has not recorded any cases in the last 12 days. In fact, there is only one active case of coronavirus in New Zealand, and they are getting back to normalcy.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand cabinet will discuss whether they can bring their alert system to level one on Monday, which would lift the limitation on mass gatherings.
New Zealand recorded 1154 cases out of which 1131 have recovered, and 22 people have lost their lives. Thus, New Zealand has ended most of the lockdown restrictions.
Dean Jones comes up with a good suggestion
“New Zealand could possibly move to Alert Level 1 next week but this depends on case numbers staying very low – “if, and only if, there are no further unexpected cases over the coming days”, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said as per stuff.co.nz.
Dean Jones wrote in his Tweet, “Jacinda Ardern said NZ could move to alert level 1 next week, which means all social distancing measures and curbs on mass gatherings will be lifted, she said. Maybe play the T20 WC there?”
Here is the Tweet:
Jacinda Ardern said NZ could move to alert level 1 next week, which means all social distancing measures and curbs on mass gatherings will be lifted, she said. Maybe play the T20 WC there? #justathought
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) June 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Dean Jones believes it would be impossible for Australia to host the global event as the measures are still stringent in the country.
As 15 teams will need to travel to Australia and then the 16 teams will need to travel across the venues, the chances of the World Cup happening in Australia are slim. It is going to be challenging to manage from the logistical point of view, and the ICC is expected to take the final call on June 10.