Despite holding a number of meetings so far, ICC is yet to take a final call regarding the future of T20 World Cup this year. The apex board is still confident that Cricket Australia will manage to stage the tournament while the host board, on occasions, has hinted it won’t be able to stage the mega-event. ICC is expected to deliver a final word regarding the future of the tournament in the meeting which takes place in the third week of the month.
BCCI will have its eyes on the meet as the board is looking at the September-October or October-November window to stage IPL 2020. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15. BCCI has clearly stated that it won’t ask ICC to delay the tournament to provide it with a window to stage the league. Still, a few are doubting the board.
Inzamam-ul- Haq, the former Pakistan captain, is one of those. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam took on BCCI and said that it has full control over ICC. The 50-year-old added that questions will be raised if BCCI organises IPL in case Cricket Australia fails to stage T20 WC.
“There are rumours that the T20 World Cup will clash with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Australia-India series therefore it won’t take place. Indian board is strong and has control in the ICC. If Australia says that we cannot hold the World Cup because of the COVID-19 pandemic then their stance will be easily accepted,” he said.
“However, if a private league happens during the same time then questions will be raised. If Indian board can manage an eight-team tournament then why can’t Cricket Australia hold a similar event?” Inzamam added.
The 13th edition of IPL was scheduled to kick off on March 29 but it had to be pushed to April 15 due to coronavirus pandemic. BCCI suspended IPL for an indefinite period in the third week of April. The board hasn’t been able to organise any form of competitive cricket since March.
Same is the case with Australia. The country last hosted an international match in March. Like BCCI, Cricket Australia doesn’t have any plans to resume the action for now and there are doubts if CA will be able to stage the tournament. Former Australia captain Steve Smith has already stated that he would also play IPL over domestic cricket in case T20 World Cup is postponed.
(With inputs from timesnownews)