On Tuesday, Australian Captain captain Allan Border said that he cannot see the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia in October-November be held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is scheduled to begin from October 18 but the tournament has come under doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Border told Fox Sports news, “With travel restrictions in place in many countries, many people have endorsed the idea of having the tournament behind closed doors if the situation demands.” However, Border doesn’t agree with the idea as purpose of sport will be lost.
“I just can’t imagine playing at empty stadiums … it defies belief. ” Having teams, support staff and everyone else associated with the game wandering around the country, playing games of cricket, but you can’t let people into the grounds. I just can’t see it happening.”
“It’s either you play it and everyone just gets on with the job and we’re past this pandemic or it just has to be cancelled and you try to fit it in somewhere else.”” added Border.
“He is hoping that the T20 World Cup could be played as per schedule in normal circumstances,” said by the Kevin Robert, chief of Australian cricket.
“We’re really hoping that all forms of sport can be played again in a few weeks or a few months’ time,” Roberts was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
“None of us are experts in this situation obviously, so our hope is that we’re back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played.”