T20 World Cup schedule under 'very high risk', admits Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts

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New Delhi, India Published: May 29, 2020, 12:59 PM(IST)

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Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts has said that the chances of T20 World Cup being played in October-November was under “very high risk” due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts has said that the chances of T20 World Cup being played in October-November was under “very high risk” due to COVID-19 pandemic while adding in case the showpiece event gets postponed, there are potential windows in February-March or October-November, 2021. 

“Obviously, we’ve been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there is a very high risk about the prospect of that happening,” Roberts told reporters in a video call on Friday. 

“In the event that doesn’t happen, there are potential windows in the February-March period, October-November the following year. 

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“And there are implications here for the ICC over a number of years. So there’s a lot of complexity for the ICC to deal with.” 

On Thursday, in the all-important ICC Board meeting, the global cricket body deferred decisions over T20 World Cup until its next meet on June 10. The BCCI is also keeping a close eye on the development as it is set to host the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup and a postponement of the marquee event this year could open a window for IPL 2020.

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However, given that Cricket Australia on Thursday announced their home schedule for 2020-21 season, IPL 2020 in October-November could impact Aussies’ T20 series against West Indies (Oct 4-9) and India (Oct 11-17). “The question of the IPL will be addressed when a decision is made around the T20 World Cup, that’s the key influencing factor there,” he said.
 

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