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ICC T20 World Cups 2020’s fate is under question because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman (PCB) Ehsan Mani also thinks that the mega event is unlikely to be hosted this year for the safety of players.
The ICC tournament is scheduled in Australia between October and November. The governing body has not given any statement on the future of hosting of the tournament. In the last board meeting, ICC decided to wait another month and explore more contingency plans before taking a call on the event in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With players of most of the 16 participating teams still in lockdown and international travel suspended, chances of the event taking place this year appear bleak. Australia though, has begun to ease some of the restrictions.
Ehsan Mani, who is favourite to take over the ICC chairman’s role after Shashank Manohar‘s tenure is going to end, said that the global pandemic might halt the hosting of the T20 World Cup 2020. He believes that it would be tough to manage because 16 teams would participate in the event.
‘Given the COVID-19 situation and the number of participating teams taking part in the event, I believe it is unlikely to take place this year,” Ehsan Mani said to Times of India.
Earlier, Cricket Australia‘s chairman Earl Eddings had also cited his board’s inability to host the global event later this year amid pandemic. However, Australia had released the schedule of hosting the series starting from July. They are also planning to allow spectators in later this year when India tour to play four-match Test series.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that stadium having 40,000 spectator capacity would be allowed to open booking of 25% of its capacity.