Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan doubts the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2020 scheduled in Australia in October amid the global pandemic. Nevertheless, he is hopeful of witnessing the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League this year.
Earlier this week, The international cricket council (ICC) for the second time deferred deciding on staging the T20 World Cup in Australia, with just over four months left. Australia has although eased the lockdown as they are less number of active COVID-19 cases there. Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly, in an email to BCCI’s staff and state cricket associations, wrote that they would be looking at every possible option to host the IPL. Even the board is ready to host the tournament behind the close doors.
Irfan Pathan, in the recent interview to Star Sports, said that he doubts that Australia would be ready to host the T20 World Cup because it would be tough to manage. Amid the pandemic, the boards have the additional responsibility of player’s safety for which several safety guidelines have been implemented.
However, the former pacer seems to be confident of seeing the IPL this year after Sourav Ganguly passed the statement on the planning of IPL.
“Lots of people talking about the World Cup happening in Australia, but I have my doubts because, in Australia, I have been there, these guys follow their rule very very particularly. Even if its the smallest rule and they go by the law. They look after each and every situation and getting a quite a few teams to altogether with the quarantine and everything it just looks difficult,” Irfan Pathan said.
“In that regard, the statement coming from BCCI president (Sourav Ganguly) that IPL will happen is great news not only for Indian cricketers but all the cricketers around the world. I am looking forward for it,” he added.
The lucrative league was earlier scheduled to start from 29th March, but because of the ongoing coronavirus, it has been postponed indefinitely.