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Top 5 Cricketers Who Can Retire From International Cricket Soon After Postponement Of The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disturbed enough the world, many cricket fans were eagerly waiting for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia. But the International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently postponed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, India and Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 respectively.

Many fans were expecting to see some of the legendary cricketers for the last time in international cricket during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. But while the tournament has been postponed, and the players now have to wait more than a year for the next ICC tournament, these legendary cricketers are doubtful to return in the international cricket again.

Here we are talking about the top five cricketers who can retire from international cricket soon after the postponement of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

MS Dhoni

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The 39-year-old former Indian World T20 and World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni hasn’t played a recognised cricket match for more than a year. The wicket-keeper batsman played his last match on 10th July 2019 during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. After that match, he has continuously made himself unavailable for the national team selection but never clarified his future in international cricket yet. As the IPL 2020 has been postponed from March to September due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dhoni has to wait for a longer period to return on the cricket field.

While Dhoni is set to lead again the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2020, the cricket world is eagerly waiting to see him again on the cricket field. His performances in the IPL 2020 can reveal his mind about the future of his international career. But while the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 has been postponed, and India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November 2021, the cricket world is highly doubtful on Dhoni’s any future appearance for the Indian team.

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Zaheer Abbas Backs IPL Like T20 Leagues

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).

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However, Zaheer Abbas has defended the T20 leagues as he feels that this is important for every country to generate money.

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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.

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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.

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ICC Clarifies The Doubts Of The Ticket Holders For The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

After postponing the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has also revealed how the purchased tickets of this tournament can be used.

On last Monday (20th July), the ICC officially postponed the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled between 18th October and 15th November 2020 in Australia. Now, the ICC will organise the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 (October-November 2021), ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 (October-November 2022) and ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 (October-November 2023).

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India will host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. In the meantime, the seventh and eighth editions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup have been originally planned to organise in Australia and India respectively. But as the coronavirus pandemic has now forced to postpone the original seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the ICC is yet to decide the hosts of the 2021 and 2022 editions of this global tournament.

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At this moment, the ICC has also come up with the FAQ section, where they have come with the solutions for the original ticket holders of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. If Australia hosts the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, the ticket holders can utilise their present tickets for this tournament. In this case, the tickets will be automatically updated to reflect the new dates.

If Australia hosts in 2021, tickets will remain valid for fans who have already bought: ICC

On the other hand, if Australia hosts the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, the ticket holders will automatically get their refund.

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The ICC statement claimed, “Ticket holders are welcome to retain their tickets, noting, if Australia hosts in 2021, tickets will remain valid for fans who have already bought and will be automatically updated to reflect the new dates. If Australia hosts in 2022, for tickets already bought a full refund will be processed automatically.”

Moreover, every ticket holder can now even request for the refund till 15th December 2020, but in this case, their seats will no longer be available if Australia hosts the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

The ICC has also clarified that the refunds will be processed within 30 days after the ticket holders submit the refund request form.

 

 

 

 

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BCCI Hoping T20 World Cup 2020 Postponement Announcement In ICC Board Meeting On Monday

As International Cricket Council (ICC) will have a virtual meeting on Monday, BCCI is hoping for the final decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup 2020. The coronavirus crises have put the hosting of the mega event in doubt, which is scheduled from mid-October to November in Australia. The Indian Board is waiting for the final call on the postponement of the ICC tournament for scheduling the IPL 2020 during the same window.

Cricket Australia (CA), who has the hosting right of the T20 World Cup, has opined that they might be unable to organize the tournament amid the pandemic. However, ICC has been holding the final decision on suspending the event for more than two months.

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“The first step was the postponement of the Asia Cup, which has happened. We can only start to move ahead with our plans after the ICC announces the postponement. They have been sitting on the decision even after Cricket Australia said that they are not too keen on hosting the event,” a BCCI Apex Council member told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

BCCI is trying hard to begin the training camp for the Indian players

As the coronavirus cases are rising at rapid speed in India, there seems no way for the BCCI to start collective training. Major cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and many more are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases even after implementing two months strict lockdown. So, the Indian board is exploring options to bring back cricket. 

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India is scheduled to tour Australia to play three-match T20I, four-match Test and three-match ODI series in the late this year. However, the T20I series might get suspended if ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed.  

As per reports, BCCI might schedule the training session for Team India’s player in Ahmedabad ahead of the Australia tour. The renovated Motera Stadium is being considered for the venue because of its advanced services.

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020: Fate Of This Tournament Can Be Decided In Next ICC Board Meeting

The fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 can be decided in July during the next ICC board meeting. However, the date of the next ICC board meeting is yet to be announced.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 will be the seventh edition of this tournament which Australia will host between 18th October and 15th November 2020. A total of 16 teams, including the hosts, will participate in this tournament.

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However, the coronavirus pandemic has opened up a doubtful future of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. There are two major issues to follow the actual schedule of this upcoming tournament, and these are the issues in logistical management and high chances to run the entire global tournament in the empty stadium.

Despite some boards, including the Cricket Australia (CA), Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) etc., have already raised their doubts to organise the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup on time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has still shown their faith on this original schedule.

Though there is no official date for the next ICC board meeting yet, this meeting can be organised in the next week or later.

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The ICC sources recently told ANI, “As of now no date is decided, but it will be there over the next one week or so but date not confirmed.”

There are chances that the T20 World Cup will be discussed in the next ICC board meeting

Some of the major points, which can be discussed during the next ICC board meeting, are deciding the fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the ICC Chairman election etc.

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Talking about that, a source added, “As of now no details have been issued but there are chances that T20 WC will be discussed.”

Like some cricket boards, many former cricketers have also advised postponing the forthcoming men’s T20 World Cup. If it gets postponed, the tournament can be shifted in 2021 or 2022. Meanwhile, India has also the schedule to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November 2021.

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020: Three Favourite Teams To Win This Trophy

Though the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 is totally doubtful due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the teams are still serious about this tournament due to no official announcement about the postponement of this tournament yet.

According to the schedule, Australia will host the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup from 18th October to 15th November 2020. Apart from the hosts, a total of 15 more teams will also participate in the seventh edition of the men’s T20 World Cup.

Here we are talking about the top three teams who are the favourites to win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.

West Indies

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In the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history, West Indies are the only side who have won two trophies. Under the leadership of Darren Sammy, West Indies won the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016 editions. In the next WC of this shortest format, West Indies will play as the defending champions and there is no shocking point that they can win this tournament again.

West Indies team is now famous for the big-hitting as most of their batsmen enjoy to play like this. While the T20 cricket also supports this kind of batting strategy, it is one of their big plus points.

The Caribbean team is also now improving in their bowling as a good number of pace bowlers are growing up in the present moment. Moreover, the experienced Kieron Pollard is leading the limited-overs side, on whom the present Caribbean players have a good faith, and it is bringing back the friendly atmosphere inside the team.

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020: CA Chairman Feels Unrealistic To Host Coveted Tournament In This Year

Though the International Cricket Council (ICC) is still hopeful to organise the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 on time, the Cricket Australia (CA) is not confident enough for this tournament. The CA Chairman Earl Eddings feels that hosting the Men’s T20 World Cup in this year is very much unrealistic.

Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 between 18th October and 15th November 2020. A total of 16 teams, including the hosts, will participate in this tournament. But the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has opened up the doubtful fate of this tournament.

Though the CA Chairman Earl Eddings has claimed that they are still trying to organise this tournament on time, he feels that it is very much unrealistic to host it in this year.

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Eddings told the reporters, “While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through COVID spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult.”

Eddings has also confirmed that the CA has brought up some options to the ICC to organise the Men’s T20 World Cup.

He added, “The ICC are having meetings as we speak, it’s a bit of a movable feast at the moment.”

What can happen if the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed?

According to some earlier media reports, if the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed, it can be shifted to the early 2021 or 2022. While India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November 2021, if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) agrees, ICC can shift the T20 World Cup 2021 to Australia. Then, India can host the next T20 World Cup in 2022.

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Meanwhile, if the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets cancelled, the BCCI can utilise this window for the IPL 2020. The BCCI is eagerly waiting to organise the IPL 2020 as the revenue of around INR 4000 crore is currently at stake due to the postponement of this tournament.

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Initially, the IPL 2020 was scheduled to run from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But the coronavirus pandemic forced to postpone that tournament for the indefinite period.

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Sachin Tendulkar Speaks About The Possibility Of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has recently opened up his feeling about whether the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 should be played on scheduled time or not.

According to the FTP schedule, Australia will organise the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 between 18th October and 15th November 2020. But the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has opened up a doubtful future of this tournament.

While a total of 16 teams will participate in this tournament, including the hosts, many believe that the logistical management can face a big challenge to handle the entire things properly, especially in the current crisis situation. Majorly pointing out this and the possibility of the spectator-less tournament, they have highly suggested postponing this tournament.

However, Sachin Tendulkar feels that the possibility of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 totally depends on the Cricket Australia (CA).

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Tendulkar told Aaj Tak, “If we speak about the T20 (World Cup), I feel it is the decision of the Australian Board whether they will be able to conduct the tournament.”

The financial side and other aspects will also come into effect: Sachin Tendulkar during talking about the future of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

Tendulkar further added that it would be a tough decision, whether to follow the schedule or not, as the financial side and other crucial aspects are also involved in this project.

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Tendulkar added, “The financial side and other aspects will also come into effect. We will have to see whether all these things combine together. This is a difficult decision but cricket is happening, it cannot be a bigger thing than it.”

While the international cricket was last time played in the middle of the March, the recent cricket events were postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Finally, the international cricket is likely to return in the early next month as England is going to host the three-match Test series against the West Indies from 8th July. Tendulkar is very happy to see the slow return of international cricket.

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He said, “I am very happy. England is playing their Test match against West Indies from July 8, so slowly the vehicle is coming on the track, which is a good thing.”

Rose Bowl (Southampton) will host the opening game of the upcoming three-match Test series between England and West Indies from 8th July. Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the next two games of this Test series which will begin 16th July and 24th July respectively. This Test series will be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.

 

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ICC T20 World Cup 2020: ICC Can Take Final Decision On The Fate Of This Tournament In July

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken one more month to decide the fate of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. So, the planning is still on to organise these tournaments according to the schedule.

There was an ICC board meeting last Wednesday (10th June), where the major target was to take any final call on the fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 as well as ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

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Australia will host the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from 18th October to 15th November 2020. Meanwhile, New Zealand will host the 12th edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup between 6th February and 7th March 2021. However, the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus, which is still dominating the world, has opened the doubtful fate of these upcoming global tournaments.

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Though international cricket is on the verge of resumption, many experts are in doubt about the forthcoming global tournaments as they especially don’t like the World Cup in empty stadiums. That’s why many experts have supported to postpone the upcoming World Cups to find better options for these tournaments.

Planning for the delivery of the events in the scheduled window is ongoing: ICC about the undecided fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021

However, the ICC is still hopeful to organise these upcoming global tournaments on time. While they are monitoring every present situation, they believe that it is not the right time to take any final call on the upcoming global tournaments. The global governing body has now shifted this decision-making process of these tournaments’ faiths to the next month.

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In the press release, the ICC stated, “The International Cricket Council board today agreed to continue exploring a number of contingency plans regarding the future of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 (in New Zealand) until next month whilst planning for delivery of the events in the scheduled window is ongoing.”

Though the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 still has enough time, the qualifier process of this tournament is yet to be played. Earlier, the qualifier was decided to be played in July 2020 in Sri Lanka.

However, this tournament has been postponed for the indefinite period due to the pandemic. Until the remaining three teams are qualifying for the forthcoming Women’s Cricket World Cup, the fate of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 can’t be cleared.

Meanwhile, understanding the present global crisis, many former cricketers and experts believe that the schedule of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 should be shifted. They feel that it is not the right time to play a tournament with 16 teams, who have already secured their spots for this tournament.

 

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Bharat Arun Still Feels Disheartened For India’s Defeat In 2019 World Cup

Bharat Arun, the bowling coach of the Indian national cricket team, still feels disheartened for their defeat in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. However, he is now ready to provide the best preparation to his team that can help to win the forthcoming T20 World Cup.

Team India was one of the favourite teams to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England. They also performed very well in that tournament but lost the semi-final of that tournament against New Zealand. Chasing down the 240 runs target on the reserve-day of that semi-final, India lost their first four wickets in just 24 runs. Though MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) fought incredibly and brought back the team into the game, India just failed to win that match as they were bowled out for 221 runs (49.3 overs).

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According to the FTP schedule, Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 between 18th October and 15th November 2020. Though the fate of this tournament is doubtful due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bharat Arun is ready to provide the best preparation to his boys for this forthcoming tournament. While the semi-final defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 still hurts him, Arun is desperate to see India’s victory in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

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Arun told FanCode’s ‘Lockdown But Not Out’ series, “The World Cup loss still hurts us. It’s still hurting us and we’ll probably go all out to see that we leave no stone unturned in our preparation to make sure that we do exceptionally well in the World Cup. To win a World Cup, I think we need to really plan well and how far we execute our plan.”

It’d take us at least 6-8 weeks for us to play international matches: Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun

While the Indian government is trying to move on from the lockdown process, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now thinking to resume the game safely. Bharat Arun believes that the players require at least six to eight weeks to get ready for the international matches.

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He claimed, “It’d take us at least 6-8 weeks for us to play international matches, whereby we’d be first working on the skill, and fitness in the camps and then we’ll progress onto match simulations, and hopefully the BCCI can organize a tournament just before we play the international matches, that would be great for us.”

The Indian bowling coach also believes that this off-period has helped the bowlers to work on their strength and fitness.

He added, “I’m not worried about the bowlers because they’ve had ample time in the last 2 months, to work on strength and their fitness. Very rarely does an international cricketer, especially our bowlers, would get this kind of time to work on their fitness. Also, it is a wonderful opportunity for them to get over the little niggles, that they may have got over the long season.”

India last time played an international match in early March during the New Zealand tour. Their next three-match home ODI series against South Africa was postponed after the first game of that series, which was abandoned due to the rain.

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