BCCI's Arun Dhumal: Don't know why ICC is delaying call on T20 World Cup despite Australia expressing inability

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New Delhi, India Published: Jun 17, 2020, 03:46 PM(IST)

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BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal on Wednesday said that with Australia expressing its inability to host the T20 World Cup, there is nothing much left for the ICC to think about the showpiece tournament with a postponement inevitable.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal on Wednesday said that with Australia expressing its inability to host the T20 World Cup, there is nothing much left for the ICC to think about the showpiece tournament.

Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings, who is also a member of ICC Board, on Tuesday said that Australia’s chances of hosting the T20 World Cup in October-November is ‘unrealistic’ and that has left the BCCI scratching its head on why the ICC is delaying the announcement of a postponement. 

Given the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, which is scheduled to be hosted by Australia in October-November, gets postponed, a window will pop up for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 which currently stands indefinitely suspended. 

"When the host nation is showing its inability to host the tournament, there is nothing much left for the ICC. I don't know why they are delaying. It's their call, whenever they want to go ahead with the announcement, they can. But sooner the better for world cricket," Arun Dhumal said.

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Eddings had earlier said that hosting T20 World Cup would be ‘very, very difficult’ and they have put a forward a number of options to the ICC. 

"I sit on the ICC and we're having meetings as we speak," Eddings said on Tuesday.

"It's a bit of a moving feast at the moment. I'd say it's unlikely, 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-19 spiking, I think it's unrealistic or would be very, very difficult.

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"We've put forward a number of different options to the ICC we're working through at the moment."

The ICC, earlier in June, delayed a final call on the World Cup to July as it wants a “right decision” about the tournament.

Meanwhile, Dhumal emphasizes that the BCCI is definitely looking at September-October window if the World Cup gets postponed. 

"We will definitely look for that window in case they confirm they are not hosting. But it has come from the ICC also. These fillers have been coming and accordingly, we are working towards that window," Dhumal said.

The IPL 2020 could even be hosted in either of UAE or Sri Lanka with both the board expressing interest to host the cash-rich tournament. 
 

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