The upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 2020 in Australia. If COVID19 keep spreading then World Cup will be in doubt.
So, former Australian spinner Brad Hogg gave some suggestions about how T20 World Cupcan be organised this year. His suggestion came up as all sports activity has been halted due to coronavirus pandemic.
Australian government has opted to six month travel ban as precautionary measures against the Coronavirus pandemic. He also suggested to use charted flights to travel Australia instead of using commercial flight for International player. He also suggested that player can come early to Australia to fulfill the self isolation rules.
“We have to play the T20 World Cup as it is planned. A lot of players internationally have been in lockdown and they have not been able to go out to train. We have to get them in Australia probably a month earlier,” Hogg said in a video posted on his official Twitter account.
“There are no commercial flights, so we need to use charter flights. Each participant who will board the charter flights needs to be tested for coronavirus, if they pass the test, they come to Australia. When they arrive in Australia, they will be quarantined for two weeks, and then they will be tested again. Once they pass it, they can train and play the tournament,” he added.
Hogg also gave a suggestion how to beat the domestic travel ban in Australia. “Domestic travel between states is a no-no in Australia for now, and I do not see it changing for the next six months. But here in Australia, we are lucky we have a lot of space, so let’s take West Australia for example, you can play at the Optus Stadium, take it to the out grounds, it will give a good aesthetic experience,” Hogg said.
Earlier, an ICC source had confirmed to ANI that as of now no board member has asked for a change in the schedule for the upcoming T20 World Cup. “Nothing has changed since the board meeting release and no member is asking for a date change as of now,” the source told ANI.
On March 17, ICC said that the coming T20 World Cup will go ahead as scheduled there is no changing in the event.
“In response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee is monitoring the situation closely with relevant authorities, and will continue to do so,” ICC had said in a statement”.