Despite many have expressed their doubts, the International Cricket Council (ICC) hasn’t postponed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 yet. The legendary Pakistan left-arm pacer Wasim Akram feels that the ICC shouldn’t hurry up about the T20 World Cup rather than they should wait for the better time.
Australia has gotten the responsibility to organise the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which has been scheduled from 18th October to 15th November 2020. However, while the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus is dominating the world, it has opened up a doubtful fate of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
As the ICC is still hopeful to organise this tournament on time, they haven’t postponed this tournament yet. According to the media reports, if the tournament follows the scheduled time, it may run in empty stadiums.
However, Wasim Akram doesn’t support to experience a World Cup tournament without spectators. The 54-year-old believes that it will take out the charm of the World Cup tournament.
Akram recently told ‘The News’, “Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I mean, how could you have a cricket World Cup without spectators. A World Cup is all about big crowds, spectators coming from all parts of the globe to support their teams. It’s all about atmosphere and you cannot get it behind closed doors.”
Akram has suggested that the ICC should wait for the better time which can help to organise the T20 World Cup in front of the crowds.
The former left-arm fast bowler added, “So I believe that they (ICC) should wait for a more suitable time and once this pandemic subsides and restrictions are eased then we can have a proper World Cup.”
Too much use of sweat will leave the cricket ball too wet: Wasim Akram
Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee has recently proposed to ban using saliva on the balls, but continue using sweat on the cricket balls in this crisis. However, Wasim Akram believes that it is not the right suggestion as too much sweat will leave the cricket ball too wet.
Akram claimed, “I’m sure fast bowlers won’t like it if they are stopped from using saliva to shine the ball. They are allowing sweat but I can say for sure that it isn’t the same. You shine the ball with saliva and sweat is just something of an add-on, a top-up. Too much use of sweat will leave the cricket ball too wet.”
Talking more about this, Akram feels that the ICC will need to find a better solution and that too quickly.
He continued, “I believe that they will need to find a reasonable solution. But I would say that they will need to find a quick fix to this problem.”