The T20 World Cup of 2021 is an event that continues hang by the thread. Cricket Australia is channelling all efforts towards making the event a possibility, unfortunately, the board keeps clashing with one obstacle or another.
CA’s interim CEO, Nick Hockley, has made it abundantly clear that if borders reopen and teams can fly in to the country for T20 World Cup, then the audience will be granted permission to view it live. This serves as a great incentive for boosting world cricket.
“The reality is, and we’ve got much more understanding about this in recent weeks, is crowds are most likely to come back before international travel. Our biggest challenge is getting 15 teams into the country.”
However, it’s tricky to bring in 15 teams from across the globe and have at least 6 to 7 teams in one city at the same time. In the case of a bilateral series, bringing in one team is less complex than the former situation. Not only is Nick Hockley bringing forward this issue about T20 World Cup, but also PCB Chief, Ehsan Mani, raises the same concern. He believes that it will not be easy to create a secure environment for a multi-nation event.
Additionally, Ehsan Mani reveals that the boards have been in constant conversation about the event. ICC has an event lined up for 2021 and 2023. Considering there is a gap year in between, it is possible the might consider it for the T20 World Cup 2020. The worst fear is a player falling ill and the virus spreading amongst others as well. This will lead to another chaos in the cricket industry and create panic.
“We have had a lot of discussions and the feeling is it (T20 World Cup) would not be possible this year. ICC has World Cups lined up in 2021 and 2023, so we have a gap year where we can adjust this event.”