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BCCI wants quick decision on fate of T20 World Cup in Australia

June 09, 2020 12:49 IST
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IMAGE: Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts has said the T20 World Cup's October-November schedule is under "very high risk". Photograph: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Uncertainty surrounding this year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic has created a scheduling headache and a decision should be made as quickly as possible, a top BCCI official said.

 

Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts has said the tournament's October-November schedule is under "very high risk" and the International Cricket Council is set to discuss contingency plans at its board meeting on Wednesday.

While the governing body is unlikely to announce a decision anytime soon, BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said it would be unfair on world cricket to let the issue drag on.

"Because one would need clarity before one can plan," he stated. "We'd see how it unfolds."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India would shed few tears if the World Cup is postponed as it would open a window for its lucrative Indian Premier League, which was put on hold due to the pandemic.

There has been speculation in the media that this year's World Cup would be moved to 2021, which would make it necessary to shift next year's edition in India to 2022.

"I'm not privy to any such discussion which may have happened in ICC," Dhumal said.

"But first they would have to announce whether they are having this year's World Cup or not. Once they confirm, then only one can work on that."

Dhumal also ruled out any immediate return to training for the country's cricketers despite the opening of sports facilities.

"We are reviewing the situation. When we think it's safe for them to return to training, we'll organise the camp," he said.

India saw a record one-day jump of coronavirus cases (9,983) on Monday, bringing the total to 256,611.

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