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Coronavirus has destroyed the recent plans of some crucial cricket events. While the IPL 2020 and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 both are doubtful at the present moment, former South African captain Faf du Plessis believes that both the tournaments are still possible.
The IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to run between 29th March and 24th May 2020. Meanwhile, Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020. While the coronavirus has forced to postpone the IPL 2020 for an indefinite period, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 is likely to face the same fate.
Talking about how to resume cricket after this pandemic, Faf du Plessis advises for the short international series or one-month-long IPL (shortening the tournament). However, he has also advised for the 14-day quarantine period before and after any cricket event.
Faf said during Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’ “It’s important that we as players need to adapt and evolve to what we are currently facing. I am for quarantine for 14 days.
“I think if we start doing that tours might become a lot shorter. So if you play a four-match test series of two months IPL and another 14-day period of quarantine after that, you are looking at three months of touring playing just one team.
“So I’m all for quarantining but at the start we must play just a two-match series or an IPL that lasts for a month.”
I think both tournaments are definitely still an option: Faf du Plessis
If the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed, there is a good chance to organise the IPL 2020 in this window. Faf du Plessis believes that the flexibility of the timeline is the key to actualization of both these crucial tournaments despite facing postponement.
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cricketer added, “Both IPL and the T20 World Cup (are feasible). We can move these dates. The IPL is flexible, it’s looking to move. The same with the World Cup. If it means, you have to move the World Cup by 2 or 3 months, so be it.
“It’s still close enough to what it is normally, it’s not like you’re extending it by 2 years. And the players get to play a World Cup. I am for trying to shift those dates, if you have to. If you don’t, then great. I think both tournaments are definitely still an option.”
According to the media reports, if the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed, it can be shifted to early 2021 (likely February-March) or 2022.
In the meantime, New Zealand will host the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 between 6th February and 7th March 2021. Meanwhile, India will organise the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November 2021. Due to these significant clashes, the Men’s T20 World Cup (either 2020 version or 2021 version) can be shifted to 2022.