While the cancellation of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 has opened up the bright chance for the IPL 2020, the former Pakistan cricketer Zaheer Abbas has backed the T20 leagues for the financial purpose.
Australia had the plan to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 between 18th October and 15th November 2020, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced to postpone this tournament. However, some believe that the T20 World Cup has been postponed to open up the opportunity for the IPL 2020.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also now planning to organise the 13th IPL between September-November 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
However, Zaheer Abbas has defended the T20 leagues as he feels that this is important for every country to generate money.
Abbas recently told the Khaleej Times, “Every country likes to play T20 matches to make money. Every country, you know, I am not talking only about India, but all of us because there is so much money involved in these tournaments these days.”
All the cricket playing countries have to help each other: Zaheer Abbas
Abbas further added that the cricket boards have so many commitments to fulfil and money is crucial for these. While the world is struggling in the present moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, the former Pakistan cricketer feels that all the cricket boards need to come forward to help each other in the present tough moment.
He continued, “They (the cricket boards) have so much commitments which they have to fulfil. As you know, the teams coming from the West Indies and Pakistan to England for the Test series, they were in quarantine for some time and they (the West Indies and England) played without a crowd. So that’s why I am saying that even in the current scenario, every cricket-playing country would like to make some money. For that matter, all the cricket playing countries have to help each other.”
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now committed to organising the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021 and 2022. While India was previously awarded to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, the ICC is now trying to sort out the T20 World Cup hosting rights between India and Australia for the upcoming two editions.
Moreover, India will also host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 between October and November 2023.