The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has brought up the debate to host T20 World Cup 2020 this year in Australia. Although the tournament is scheduled between October and November and is still far away, the speculations of its postponement have already started. England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has also said that he would be shocked if Cricket Australia agrees to organise the event in their country amid the pandemic.
Meanwhile, On Wednesday, there were reports in media that ICC was likely to postpone T20 World Cup 2020 to 2022. However, ICC pulled down all those reports claiming that they are yet to discuss the fate of the mega event on the ICC Board meeting on Thursday.
Eoin Morgan, who led England to maiden World Cup 2019 title, has given his view on scheduling the mega event this year in Australia. He opined that Australia would get adversely affected if the ICC tournament is hosted there. Although infected people and death ratios are less in Australia, Morgan believes travelling of 16 teams there would increase the spread of the virus. As per him, deferring of the T20 World Cup is the best option.
“I’d be surprised if it goes ahead. My reasons for that would be if you look at how Australia have handled the pandemic, they’ve shut down the borders pretty early, had a limited number of cases and deaths in comparison to the rest of the world.
“Their biggest worry moving forward – a small negative to a huge positive – would be they almost don’t know what the immunity would be like if the virus does have an outbreak.
“Having 16 teams across several venues has the potential to expose something. It might only be a handful of cases to be spread, but when you look at how quickly it escalates, you weigh up the chance of playing a World Cup or postponing it, (which is) probably a bigger positive.”
Well, West Indies and Pakistan are scheduled to tour England to play bilateral series. Pakistan would tour England in July and follow 14-day quarantine there. They would play the Test and T20I series in August.