The destiny of the T20 World Cup is to be decided today with the ICC Board virtually meeting on Monday with the BCCI hoping for a postponement to ensure that the IPL can go ahead.
The global event is scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 in Australia but the country’s cricket board had expressed its inability to host the tournament due to the rising cases in Victoria. With the number of coronavirus cases exceeding in India with 26,000 deaths the IPL is likely to be held in UAE once the central government gives the go ahead node.
“The first step was postponement of 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 media on conditions of anonymity. This year T20 World Cup is likely to be held in Australia in 2022 as India doesn’t want to swap its 2021 hosting rights with Cricket Australia.
The Cricket Australia will not host the World Cup this year is clear with the board directing its players to prepare for Test series against England in late September. Cricket Australia has also announced 26 players strong squad for that tour.
The ICC, on its part, has maintained that it wants to explore all possible “contingency” options before taking a call of such immense magnitude. And it is not unusual for the governing body to wait this long. “The ICC could not just postpone the T20 World Cup immediately as the top ministers of the Australian Government expressed its keenness to host the event”, it said in its official statement.
Whether the ICC will go ahead with the T20 World Cup or the IPL will be hosted by the BCCI is a wait & watch thing.