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    Why does ICC have T20 World Cups scheduled for 2020 and 2021?

    There will be 2 t20 world cups within the space of 6 months with one in November and other likely in April

    Why does ICC insist on making a joke of this sport


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    They have replaced the 2021 Champions Trophy with another T20 World Cup, after this edition T20 World cup will be held after a regular interval of 2 years.

    T20 WC is highly popular and the 2021 edition will be held in India so will be a grand success anyway. Take it as an annual league where all the International teams participate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    May the Hawks Fly Forever. Lightning Hawks CC -- Team Thread.

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    Imagine if India wins the 2020 edition and Pakistan takes it from them after 6 months ultimate troll.

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    Its pathetic how ICC devalues its own Wt20 brand by making such greedy antics. Wt20 is the most premium tournament out there in terms of watchability, profitability etc. but ICC is filled with absolute fools with no long term strategic understanding of things like prestige.

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    ICC wants to milk money. Ultimately they are devaluating the competition and no one would care

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    Icc should prepone the 2020 edition by 6 months.

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    The ICC thought the cancellation of the CT meant that they had to replace it with something, so they decided to replace it with their biggest money maker. Pretty simple stuff.

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    t20 is already a joke.


    Misbah, Wahab, Junaid, Root, Williamson fan.
    T20 isn't Cricket

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    Dollars speak

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    Imagine if India wins the 2020 edition and Pakistan takes it from them after 6 months ultimate troll.
    Oh like the test mace moved from Pakistan to India in 1 month 11 days

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    Valid question raised, I don’t remember any such thing in any sport let alone cricket where one of the premier international tournament happening twice in the space of 6 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Valid question raised, I don’t remember any such thing in any sport let alone cricket where one of the premier international tournament happening twice in the space of 6 months.
    Therein lies the answer. T20 is a joke format and ICC is just filling its coffers.

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    Circus format for clowns to follow.. they can have it every 3 weeks for all I care.

    Time for some proper cricket tomorrow!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Shekhar View Post
    Oh like the test mace moved from Pakistan to India in 1 month 11 days
    Yes just like that

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    BCCI is firmly against having back to back WT20s within a short time span, they have been vocal about the need to make the 2021 edition a 50 over format, but ICC is being ICC. Let us see what happens, 2009/10 WT20s scheduling was bad enough, why repeat the blunder?

    'ICC's Wish to Replace 2021 CT With World T20 May Cost BCCI $30 Million'

    https://cricket.yahoo.net/news/apos-...lace-172745650

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    Same body of government that decided the World Cup final with which team scored the most boundaries.

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    I believe the intention is to have T20 WC every 4 years as well as ODI WC. So with the 2021 edition we would get a 2 year gap between the major tournaments. so basically,

    2021 T20 WC
    2023 OCI WC
    2025 t20 WC
    2027 ODI WC

    and so on...In the intervening years the World Test championship once they figure out the finer details after 1 or 2 rounds. I don't think it has any bad intention behind it. They're just trying to make a regular calendar that everyone can build around. I think it is a fantastic idea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CleverSir View Post
    I believe the intention is to have T20 WC every 4 years as well as ODI WC. So with the 2021 edition we would get a 2 year gap between the major tournaments. so basically,

    2021 T20 WC
    2023 OCI WC
    2025 t20 WC
    2027 ODI WC

    and so on...In the intervening years the World Test championship once they figure out the finer details after 1 or 2 rounds. I don't think it has any bad intention behind it. They're just trying to make a regular calendar that everyone can build around. I think it is a fantastic idea.
    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/c...6ff4ff4c99113b

    Another World T20 will replace the Champions Trophy in 2021, with a two-year cycle of T20 World Cups to run after that, and the introduction of a global ranking system for all countries to.

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    There was a World T20 in 2009 in England, a Champions Trophy event a few months later. Than a World T20 in West Indies in early 2010.

    ICC are weird at scheduling.

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    So, we just had a WC in 2019. We have another WC in 2020. Another in 2021.

    This is madness. ICC shouldn't arrange WC so frequently. It can make people lose interest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    There was a World T20 in 2009 in England, a Champions Trophy event a few months later. Than a World T20 in West Indies in early 2010.

    ICC are weird at scheduling.
    This is a good point. In the past we've had 3 ICC tournaments in the space of two years, so I'm not sure why anyone's surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WC-Passion View Post
    This is a good point. In the past we've had 3 ICC tournaments in the space of two years, so I'm not sure why anyone's surprised.
    You don't see FIFA arranging 3 global events in 2 years. Do you?

    ICC is a joke.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    You don't see FIFA arranging 3 global events in 2 years. Do you?

    ICC is a joke.
    Stop comparing cricket with football. If you have forgotten let me remind you, cricket is played in 3 formats. All the three formats will have some kind of world championship. So, having 2 global events (of different format) in 3 years is not a problem. However having 2 global events of same format in the span of 6 months is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaptan View Post
    Stop comparing cricket with football. If you have forgotten let me remind you, cricket is played in 3 formats. All the three formats will have some kind of world championship. So, having 2 global events (of different format) in 3 years is not a problem. However having 2 global events of same format in the span of 6 months is.
    Yea the issue is this case is the 2 T20 world title events in six months

    What’s going on right now is fine

    Like it was :
    2016 WT20
    2017 CT
    And a 2 year gap before the big event:
    2019 WC

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    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 qualification process confirmed

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the qualification process for the additional ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that will take place in 2021 in India.

    The 16-team Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, which replaces a previously scheduled eight-team ICC Champions Trophy, will see 11 regional qualification events take place across the five ICC regions (Africa, Americas, Asia, East-Asia Pacific and Europe) with eight teams progressing to one of two global qualifying events.

    Additionally, the bottom four teams from the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2020 will join the regional qualifiers in the global qualification events along with the next four best T20I ranked teams as of 1 January 2020: Zimbabwe, Nepal, UAE and Hong Kong.

    This means 16 teams will compete for four T20 World Cup spots in two global qualifiers with the top two teams from each progressing to the event proper in 2021. The 12 teams, which make round two of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia will gain automatic entry into the event the following year.

    ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said: “The decision to replace the Champions Trophy with a T20 World Cup in 2021 was driven by our commitment to global growth and use T20 as our vehicle to do that. Of course that presented us with a one-off qualification challenge.

    “Our regional and global qualification pathways have been established and consistently provide compelling and competitive cricket and we didn’t want to lose that despite the tight timelines available to us.

    “We worked through a number of options together with Members and we’re all strongly in favour of this approach which allows for both global and regional competitions on the pathway to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.”

    William Glenwright, ICC General Manager Development added: “A meritocratic pathway to ICC events is of fundamental importance to our sport and Members and that philosophy has been at the heart of establishing this one-off process.

    “The very best teams from the five regions will progress to one of the two global qualifiers and the chance of securing one of four spots to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. My thanks to the ICC Development Committee for their support in reaching such a great conclusion for Associate Member cricket.”

    All Members who meet the ICC Event Participation Criteria (EPPC) will be eligible to participate in the qualification for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

    There will be 11 Regional Qualification events:

    Africa

    The two highest ranked teams in Africa as of 1 January 2020 will automatically qualify for the Africa final; Kenya (25) and Nigeria (40)#
    The remaining participating teams will compete in one of two sub-regional qualifiers
    The top two teams from each sub-regional event will progress to the Africa Final
    The winner of the Africa final will progress to one of the global qualifiers
    Asia

    Participating teams will compete in one of two regional events
    The winner of each regional event will progress to one of the global qualifiers

    East Asia Pacific

    Participating teams will compete in one regional final
    The winner will progress to one of the global qualifiers

    Americas

    Participating teams will compete in one regional final
    The top two teams will progress to one of the global qualifiers

    Europe

    The highest ranked team in Europe as of 1 January 2020 will automatically qualify for the Europe final; Jersey (26)
    The remaining participating teams will compete in one of three sub-regional qualifiers
    The top team from each sub-regional event will progress to the Europe final
    The top two teams from the Europe final will progress to one of the global qualifiers
    The 11 qualifying events will take place between March and September 2020. The two eight-team global qualifiers will take place between March and July 2021 and the distribution of the 16 teams across the two events will be confirmed following the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 when all participants will be known.


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    It was quite a blur when this happened in 09/10 . Nobody will remember these tournaments if they are played do frequently. Scrap the world T20 and make a champions league style clash of the best T20 league teams every 4 years instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    It was quite a blur when this happened in 09/10 . Nobody will remember these tournaments if they are played do frequently. Scrap the world T20 and make a champions league style clash of the best T20 league teams every 4 years instead.
    Nah, a WT20 adds prestige to the T20 format, it is essential for the game. Champions league was tried but it failed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg111 View Post
    Nah, a WT20 adds prestige to the T20 format, it is essential for the game. Champions league was tried but it failed.
    World T20 every 4 years then. BCCI ,rightfully, put their foot down but they were overruled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    World T20 every 4 years then. BCCI ,rightfully, put their foot down but they were overruled.
    WorldT20 should be hosted after 2 years and CWC after 4 years,No Ct From now on.

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    Oman Yousef Abdulrahim Al Balushi has been charged with breaching anti-corruption rules and has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. Al Balushi has been charged with the 4 breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code,all related to the T20 World Cup Qualifiers(ICC)


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    So one team might be world champions for just a 6 month period, stupidity at its best.

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    I was thinking earlier the 2020 (TwentyTwenty) cricket World Cup in the year 2020 (TwentyTwenty) may have been done for marketing reasons as it’s a once in a lifetime chance as the year 2020 won’t be coming again , and that too could be such a prestigious tournament with possibly the last chance of fans all over the globe to see a cricketing icon, one time ranked as the worlds best all rounder in T20 cricket , and arguably the most gifted batsman of the modern era , playing once again on the world stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    World T20 every 4 years then. BCCI ,rightfully, put their foot down but they were overruled.
    T20 WC will be held every two years from 2024, thats has been finalized by the ICC . Its a very short format to be held only once in four years.

    In the future, we will see

    2020 T20 WC, 2021 T20 WC, 2024 T20 WC, 2026 T20 WC, 2028 T20 WC and so on.

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    24 teams to compete in first step of Europe qualification for ICC Men’s T20 world Cup 2021

    The road to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 for 24 European teams has been confirmed, as an expanded regional qualification process for the Men’s T20 World Cup is set to begin in May 2020.

    Three qualifying events will take place in expanded regional qualification between 16 May to 30 June 2020 with the winning team from each event joining Jersey in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Final
    Three eight-team Europe qualifying events will take place and will see Hungary, Romania and Serbia making their debut performances in ICC competition, with Bulgaria, Greece, Luxembourg and Malta all returning to ICC events for the first time in a number of years.

    Each Europe qualifier will provide the opportunity for the winning team to progress to the Europe Final, where they will join Jersey to compete for two spots in the Global Qualifiers.

    Europe Qualifier A will be hosted in Spain from 16 to 22 May 2020. Alongside the hosts will be Italy, Norway, France, Bulgaria, Israel, Malta and Cyprus. Italy and Norway will both be looking to reach the Europe Final once again, whilst Bulgaria and Malta will be looking to make a good impression in their first appearance in the revised ICC Men’s T20 World Cup pathway.

    Europe Qualifier C will be held in Belgium, who will be hoping for the benefits of home advantage when they host the event from 10 June to 16 June 2020. Alongside Belgium will be Denmark, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Portugal, Isle of Man and Serbia. Denmark, who progressed to the Europe Final in the previous iteration of this event and are currently ranked 29th in the ICC Men’s Team Rankings, will be hoping to replicate that success and secure the sole qualification spot.

    The final qualifier will take place between 24 to 30 June 2020, where Finland will play host to an ICC event for the first time with Europe Qualifier B. Germany, who missed out on progressing from the previous Europe Final by just 0.053 on net run rate, will be looking for another opportunity to reach the global stage but will face stiff competition from Guernsey, Sweden, Luxembourg, Hungary, Gibraltar, Greece and hosts Finland.

    ICC Regional Development Manager Europe, Andy Wright said: “We are delighted to announce the dates and hosts for three important events that are taking place this summer. 24 European teams will have the opportunity to compete in an expanded qualification process to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. We are also thrilled that Finland will be hosting an ICC event for the first time, showcasing the appetite and ability of our Members to host international events.”

    The winning team from each of the three Europe Qualifiers will progress to a four-team Europe Final, where they will be joined by reigning Europe Final victors Jersey. The top two teams from this event will qualify to the Global Qualifier events, taking them just one step from the main event in India.


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    They may as well make an international t20 league, 2 or 3 divisions promotion and demotion and a big knockout world cup with all the teams every 4 years or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    There will be 2 t20 world cups within the space of 6 months with one in November and other likely in April

    Why does ICC insist on making a joke of this sport
    It is in September-October 2021.

    Not after 6 months.

    Common knowledge would tell you that IPL is in April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    It is in September-October 2021.

    Not after 6 months.

    Common knowledge would tell you that IPL is in April.
    Yes, it will be on Oct-Nov 2021 hence a complete 1 year gap which seems better, moreover, it will feature 16 teams so good for expanding the game further.

    Does anyone know how they will divide the 16 teams ? Maybe four groups of 4 teams each and then the quarter-finals ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Manager101 View Post
    Yes, it will be on Oct-Nov 2021 hence a complete 1 year gap which seems better, moreover, it will feature 16 teams so good for expanding the game further.

    Does anyone know how they will divide the 16 teams ? Maybe four groups of 4 teams each and then the quarter-finals ?
    There have been 16 teams in 2014 and 2016 too. Nothing new.

    But they have a preliminary competition a week before the tournament for 8 of the lesser ranked teams. From which 2 only made it to the main tournament. In 2020 4 teams will make it to the main tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    There have been 16 teams in 2014 and 2016 too. Nothing new.

    But they have a preliminary competition a week before the tournament for 8 of the lesser ranked teams. From which 2 only made it to the main tournament. In 2020 4 teams will make it to the main tournament.
    I have read the ICC announcement, the main event will have 16 teams. The WC qualifiers like in previous event will be scrapped and only regional and global qualifer will take place 6 months before the main event. 12 teams of this year WC automatically qualify while 4 teams will join after global qualifier, which means in the main event 16 teams will participate.

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    WELLINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - Any decision on whether the Twenty20 World Cup has to be rescheduled from its October start date due to the COVID-19 pandemic will not be made until July, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board chief David White said on Thursday.

    The International Cricket Council will discuss contingency plans for the tournament in Australia, as well as ways of restarting the sport once the pandemic subsides, at a meeting later in the day but White said “no decisions will be made”.

    Travel restrictions and border controls aimed at containing the spread of the novel coronavirus have brought sport to a standstill around the world and left many events scheduled for later in the year in doubt.

    “Cricket Australia is working very closely with the government authorities and they are planning for it (T20 World Cup) to go ahead in October and November,” White told reporters.

    “There’s contingency planning going on and lots of discussions but no decisions will be made.

    “If decisions are made ... it will be in July.”

    Fairfax media said on Thursday that Cricket Australia had discussed postponing the T20 World Cup to February as part of scenario-planning.

    CA CEO Kevin Roberts said on Tuesday the board was still hopeful of an October start but conceded the international schedule remained up in the air.

    Pushing the T20 event back to February would see it clash with the one-day women’s World Cup, scheduled to start in New Zealand the same month.

    White said changing the schedule of the women’s event was “not on the agenda”.

    Strict lockdown measures in Australia and New Zealand have seen coronavirus infection rates plunge in recent weeks, raising hopes sports might be able to resume some level of competition.

    Australia’s rugby union federation said this week it was looking at scheduling matches with New Zealand teams in Super Rugby if the countries eased travel restrictions.

    White said NZC would be open to similar proposals for a summer cricket series against Australia, if practicable.

    “We’ve all got to be open minded about planning going forward, it’s only April,” he said.

    “We’ve got to work together, we’ve got to be flexible ... so we can accommodate these events.”

    White also confirmed that New Zealand’s tour of the Netherlands in June had been called off and subsequent tours to Britain and the West Indies later than month and in July were “highly doubtful”.

    The Netherlands on Tuesday extended a ban on major public events, including professional sports and music festivals, until Sept. 1 to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

    New Zealand were to play a Twenty20 match in Rotterdam in mid-June, their first tour to the nation in over 30 years, but Dutch officials had said it was “not possible”, White said.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/heal...-idUSL3N2CB0QZ


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    Either of the two T20 World Cup must be abandoned.

    It was simply pointless to play two T20 World Cups this consecutively. ICC hell bent on destroying modern batters technique and making them LOs specialist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Either of the two T20 World Cup must be abandoned.

    It was simply pointless to play two T20 World Cups this consecutively. ICC hell bent on destroying modern batters technique and making them LOs specialist.
    Yes. They should cancel this year's World Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Yes. They should cancel this year's World Cup.
    Yes but they might not cancel as they have to recover their losses and this means they will look to find a way to organize T20 cricket, IPLs and other leagues somewhere in between the slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Either of the two T20 World Cup must be abandoned.

    It was simply pointless to play two T20 World Cups this consecutively. ICC hell bent on destroying modern batters technique and making them LOs specialist.
    They should cancel the one taking place in India and let Australia/New Zealand have October 2021.

    India already hosted the last T20 World Cup and they also have a 50 over World Cup scheduled in 2023

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    They should cancel the one taking place in India and let Australia/New Zealand have October 2021.

    India already hosted the last T20 World Cup and they also have a 50 over World Cup scheduled in 2023
    The problem is that when things will come back to normal, they will look to recover the losses and T20 World Cup might not be a big hit in Australia/New Zealand. In contrast, cancelling the WT20 next year that is happening in India would be a big risk for them and they would not like to afford that.

    Anyways, there is a major need to limit the amount of T20 tournaments that are happening. Once in 4 years would have made so much sense but they are just overkilling stuffs.

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    New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) hosted a Chief Executives Committee meeting on Thursday, but there was no clear direction on the fate of the World T20 to be held later in the year in Australia. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) feels that with the coronavirus outbreak and the effect it has had, having the showpiece event in October-November seems impractical.

    Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that a number of factors would come into play and all that would be only after normalcy returns. The official went on to point at the travel restrictions to begin with and the fresh directives that might come in across the globe, not just in India.

    "To be honest, the T20 World Cup in October seems to be impractical and even thinking of a gathering of people of that magnitude at this time is naive. I mean think about it. At this stage you don't know when international travel would be safe. Someone is saying June, someone is saying longer. Once travel does open up, it would be prudent to study the impact of travel as to whether the coronavirus remains controlled or not," the official pointed.

    The official then brought in the human aspect as he spoke about whether the ICC and Cricket Australia would be willing to take the guarantee of the number of lives that would be involved in the whole process of having a showpiece event.

    "The question would then be whether the CA and the ICC are willing to stick their necks out and take the responsibility for such an event where the number of people converging would be significant. Then it comes down to the governments. Would the Australian government want to take such a risk? If so, what would be the timeline of their approval? Would the time be sufficient for the other boards? Would the governments of other countries permit their teams to travel?" the official questioned.


    Finally the official pointed at the biggest area of concern of —fan safety. "Lastly, with the condition that everyone is going through at the moment, would the fans want to gather in a stadium at this stage? Or would the tickets of only one out of 10 seats be made available to keep a semblance of social distancing norms in place?" the official asked.

    Interestingly, current Australia players like Glenn Maxwell have already been vocal about the fact that having a World T20 in empty stadiums would be a difficult scenario.

    "... it's going to be hard for us to have crowds. I think if IPL goes ahead they can probably survive without any crowds, but I can't see the T20 World Cup surviving without any people there," Maxwell had told ABC Grandstand.

    "It's going to be hard for us to justify having a World Cup when we can't get people into the grounds. So I can't see it happening in the near future. We've got to take care of everyone's health and wellbeing."

    Australia's limited-over skipper Aaron Finch echoed the sentiments. "I think we might have to get our heads around a T20 World Cup that might be postponed for a month, two months, three months, whatever it has to be," Finch told SEN Radio.


    Speaking post the ICC meet, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts said: "Cricket Australia is working closely with the ICC, the Local Organising Committee and the Australian government so we have a comprehensive understanding of exactly what it will take to be able to play the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 in October in Australia as planned.

    "We are also jointly exploring all other options in relation to staging the event and will take the right decisions at the right time so we can host a wonderful celebration of the sport and keep everyone involved safe and well."

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    I think the ICC should take as long and as late as possible decision on T20 world cup, but personally i think its highly unlikely such an event will be played this year. In most other sports major international or global competitions have already been shifted to next year. Also with another World cup scheduled next year, there would be no harm in this one been cancelled.

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    Originally it was the Test Championship final India were hosting in 2021 - it was announced in July 2013.
    Then it was converted into a 2021 Champions Trophy - it was announced in 2014.
    Then it was converted into a Twenty20 World Cup - it was announced in 2018.

    BCCI, not keen on hosting a longer form of the game ICC Event except the ODI World Cup.

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    Don't mind back to back global T20 events given it has been 4.5 years since the last one if the tournament in Aus goes ahead later this year.

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    IPL 2020, T20 World Cup should be called off completely: Asif Iqbal

    IPL 2020, T20 World Cup should be called off completely: Asif Iqbal

    Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal opined tournaments like the T20 World Cup and the IPL should be called off this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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    MUMBAI 03 MAY, 2020 10:59 IST

    Asif Iqbal loves speaking his mind. At a time when uncertainty looms large over the resumption of cricket, the former Pakistan captain believes the game will eventually come out stronger, post the COVID-19 pandemic.

    But he doesn’t want to rush things. The 76-year-old is of the opinion that big-ticket tournaments like the T20 World Cup and the Indian Premier League (IPL) should be called off this year, as the 'situation is not right'.

    “What is more important - a cricketer’s life or his livelihood? Life, obviously, comes first. Until and unless the situation improves, I don’t think anybody would like to take the risk by resuming cricket all of a sudden,” Iqbal, who featured in 58 Tests and 10 ODIs for Pakistan, told Sportstar from London on Saturday.

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    Once the lockdown is over, how difficult would it be for cricketing action to resume? Many fear that there may not be any cricket this year. Your thoughts?

    To be honest, life goes on. That’s one thing we know. Time doesn’t stop, it goes on. So, this will also pass. When the World War I or World War II happened, it affected a few countries, but eventually those countries rebuilt and organised themselves better than what they were before the wars. Similarly, this phase too shall pass. But it will bring a change in the conduct of the people, not only in sports but also in every aspect of their lives.

    Cricket will also come back eventually - may not be tomorrow or day after. But it will come back. To start with, the grounds may not be fully filled. But sportsmen are performers, so they would like to have more spectators coming in. Cricket is no longer just a sport, it’s now an industry. It’s a livelihood not just for the cricketers, but also for so many other people - coaching staff, ground authorities and others. So, it has to come back, maybe in a different format. But cricket will be back.

    How should players stay motivated in times like these?

    Life is different now. Everything is about technology. There are so many coaching staff associated with the teams. So, with their help and with the use of technology, all the cricket boards, including the ICC, should come up with videos or other advisories which would give specific instructions for keeping the players fit and also helping them with training.

    Things like videos, FaceTime should be used to the optimum. Another factor that will keep the players going is the fact, that they all know that cricket is their livelihood. So, that should motivate them. Most of them are young, and still have a long way to go.

    But when action resumes, quite a few changes are expected to be introduced in cricket. What’s your take?

    Look, change doesn’t come overnight. Keeping pace with the way we are living now - maintaining social distance, maintaining hygiene - cricket, too, will change. Yes, the players may take a bit of time to get used to it, but eventually, they will accept it. That’s what they are supposed to do.

    There are suggestions that artificial substances could replace saliva to shine the ball. How challenging will it be for the players?

    The (health experts) say that using the saliva may not be good for the cricketers, as it could spread the virus. So, the players will automatically realise that it’s not good for their health. In the beginning, they may still use the saliva once or twice out of habit, but soon they will stop doing that.

    It won’t be a huge problem. Instead of using saliva, they could use sweat, like they did in the past. And also, they will come out with new innovations to keep the game alive and exciting.

    Not just international cricket, even domestic cricket and franchise leagues have suffered because of the pandemic. Should they resume?

    Look, let’s look at it this way -- what is more important: a cricketer’s life or his livelihood? Life, obviously, comes first. Until and unless the situation improves, I don’t think anybody would like to take the risk by resuming cricket all of a sudden. I also think that the leagues like the PSL, IPL - which are put on hold - should be called off this year.

    Irrespective of the financial consequences, the PSL - which could not be completed due to the virus outbreak - should just announce that the 2020 season is just over. Since they completed the whole league, they should just announce the league-topper as the champion for this season.

    Also, they should not start in front of an empty stadium. That’s crazy. How can players be motivated to play in front of an empty stadium? This is the time when the players and the spectators should be given confidence. So that they can also realise that when the leagues are back next year, things will be better.

    What about the IPL?

    Personally, I think it should be called off completely, instead if setting two-month or three-month deadlines. It’s nobody’s fault, but times are such that (you don’t have a choice). Look, when international cricket stopped at Pakistan, neither the players, nor the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were at fault. It was just that some untoward incident happened (the terror attack in Lahore in 2009), which led to the Boards not sending their teams.

    Things improved only after absolute security measures were taken. Likewise, this situation is beyond anyone’s control. Unless the virus is eradicated completely, you cannot resume the games. So, it is better that the IPL is called off for this year and held afresh next year.

    There is no clarity on the T20 World Cup either. How do you see that?

    The players haven’t been practising for a while, so they are not match-fit. They may be physically fit, but that’s not match-fitness. The players need to train together as a team, play practice matches and that takes time.

    Since no country is prepared enough, what’s the harm in saying that there won’t be any T20 World Cup in 2020? They can have the World Cup next year. Similarly, as part of the World Test Championships, West Indies and Pakistan are supposed to come to England. I don’t see those series happening in the next couple of months either.

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    Australia can deal with the challenge of getting teams into the country for the T20 World Cup but whether it is worth having the tournament in empty stadiums is the main point for consideration, feels sports minister Richard Colbeck.

    Travel restrictions and question marks over how long it would take to contain the coronavirus pandemic has put the future of T20 World Cup and India’s tour of Australia in doubt.

    Cricket Australia is staring at a staggering loss of 300 million Australian dollars if things don’t go ahead as planned.

    “I’d love to see an Australia-India Test series this summer and I’d really like to be able to see the World Cup go ahead.... the issue is not so much the teams as the crowds and that’s probably one of the hurdles we really have to consider and probably one that world cricket will look at pretty closely as well,” Colbeck told SEN Radio on Monday.

    He said logistics of hosting the event in the post COVID-19 world can be dealt with. “We all know the difference in atmosphere ... but in a team sense I’d like to think that we can build some protocols with the cooperation of the sport and the players, that’s going to be extremely important, with appropriate quarantine and bio-security protocols to see if we can make the competition go ahead.”

    While the T20 World Cup is scheduled for an October 18 start, India’s tour of Australia is slated to begin with a T20 tri-series in October and end with a four-match Test series in December.

    Australia legend Allan Border said it would defy belief to host a World Cup without spectators, while all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and some other cricketers have also expressed similar sentiments.

    The International Cricket Council recently said preparations were still on for the 16-team tournament and a final decision will be taken by August.

    Australia is considering making travel exemptions for the Indian team’s tour Down Under to save the cricket board for the financial loss but Colbeck said they need to be careful in expanding exemptions to other nations for the T20 World Cup.

    “Those conversations are being had, discussions about what the protocols might look like,” Colbeck said.

    “They will be difficult because one of the things that has been a key part of our success is that we limited access to Australia from areas where there were significant outbreaks of COVID-19 and that’s contributed to the low rate of spread we have now.

    “But we would have to be prepared to consider appropriate plans put forward by the various codes,” he added.

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    I would like to see NZ and Aus finish their series.

    NRL is resuming in Aus, both countries could be able to play the remaining ODIs and the T20s in NZ.

    With the chance of cricket elsewhere not likely, they could really schedule more ODIs and Tests as well.

    You could say its overkill but that's better than no sport.


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    Australian opener David Warner says it is unlikely that the T20 World Cup will be staged Down Under in October-November because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    All cricketing activity has come to a halt due to the health crisis and there are serious doubts over the future of T20 World Cup.

    “The ICC World Cup will not go ahead here by the looks of it. It will be difficult to get everyone (16 teams) together,” said Warner in an Instagram live session with Indian batsman Rohit Sharma.

    However, the International Cricket Council is yet to take the final call on the T20 showpiece event.

    During the chat, Rohit said India’s tour of Australia, which is scheduled after the T20 World Cup, will be a “great way” to restart international calendar.

    “I love playing against Australia. When we won last time (in 2019), it was great for us. You guys (Warner and Steve Smith) were missing (due to ball-tampering bans).

    “What our bowlers and batters did there was amazing. I am looking forward to the upcoming tour already. Hope both boards manage to get the series underway. Will be a great way to kick off cricket in the world,” said India’s limited-overs vice-captain.

    India won its first Test series in Australia, and Warner said he was feeling helpless watching his team lose.

    “Watching that series was hard as you can’t do anything from the outside. But I want to say that India has the best pace attack against left-handers. They zero in one spot and keep bowling there.

    “Mentally, it was great for Indian cricket but it was hard to watch. I felt helpless. Hope it does happen and looking forward to the battle,” said Warner.

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    I feel bad for so many cricketers, Specially Pakistani cricketers who don't play tests as much. They literally lost 2 years of their career with this pandemic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedzee View Post
    I feel bad for so many cricketers, Specially Pakistani cricketers who don't play tests as much. They literally lost 2 years of their career with this pandemic.
    Good, the less cancerous t20 cricket there is the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyWarsFan View Post
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    Good, the less cancerous t20 cricket there is the better.
    I am talking specifically about Test cricket. Likes of Yasir Shah, Abbas, Azhar and Shafiq would be short on practice anyways as they only play tests.

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    Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie says his "gut feeling" is this year's T20 World Cup in Australia will not take place as planned.

    The International Cricket Council has confirmed plans to stage the event in October, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Balbirnie, 29, thinks logistical issues and a lack of international cricket may force the ICC into a postponement.

    "I'd be worried the tournament wouldn't go ahead," Balbirnie told BBC Radio Ulster's Sportsound Extra Time.

    "You have to look at it logistically - there would be 16 teams flying into the country.

    "The way this pandemic has panned out, a lot can happen in a couple of days, so we really don't know yet. It's tricky, but we're battling on."

    Balbirnie delivers 'virtual batting masterclass'Australia captain Lanning joins Ireland squad for batting 'masterclass'Moon boots, board games and barbecues - Mark Adair's lockdown

    Balbirnie says a lack of competitive action over the coming weeks and months will leave players ill-prepared for the 16-team tournament.

    Ireland's schedule has already been upended by the pandemic, with their six-game tour of Zimbabwe and seven-match series against Bangladesh called off.

    "It's going to be a unique situation," said the batsman.

    "There won't have been any international cricket this summer at all, so there will be a lot of people going in undercooked.

    "When we get back training, we will have to be really specific as to what we want to do."

    Balbirnie added that the first few months of his Twenty20 captaincy since succeeding Gary Wilson in November have been "strange" given the global sporting shutdown.

    "I had a couple of months before my first day in January when I had two tours, and now it's been two or three months since my last game," he said.

    "It's definitely more sporadic than I hoped it would be.

    "Certainly that first game in the West Indies, there was a long build-up. I would say it was too long for me. I would have liked to have got stuck in straight away, but we had an exciting group to go out to the Caribbean, one of the nicest places to play cricket.

    "The one-day series didn't really go to plan, but I thought we were good in the T20 series in patches, and I suppose seeing some guys come in who haven't played a lot of international cricket and seeing first-hand how they go about their business - not shying away from a fight - was really reassuring."

    Like the rest of the sporting world, Balbirnie has been challenged with filling his days during the lockdown.

    That has included participating in virtual batting masterclasses with Irish cricket clubs as well as constructing a giant chess board on in his garden using empty beer bottles as pawns and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's biography as his king.

    "The days are mixing into weeks and months at this stage, so we got the old chess board out of the attic," he said.

    "A week or two after that, we got a bit more creative and last week we set it up on our deck. I think I had six or seven empty bottles of Moretti as pawns, Jurgen Klopp's biography as my king.

    "I was playing my dad and he had a picture of my mum as his queen, so it was pretty creative.

    "Unfortunately, I've lost to him. We've played about 10 times, so I think I'm going to shut up shop."

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    Veteran South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has proposed a two-week quarantine period for players before and after the T20 World Cup as a way to stage the event as per schedule later this year.

    Like other sports, cricketing action, too, has come to a complete halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fate of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October-November is uncertain. Talking to captain Tamim Iqbal on Facebook, du Plessis said travel was going to be an issue despite Australia being less affected by the deadly contagion.

    'Health risk'

    “I am not sure... reading that travelling is going to be an issue for lot of countries and they are talking about December or January. Even if Australia is not affected like other countries, to get people from Bangladesh, South Africa or India where there is more danger, obviously it’s a health risk to them,” du Plessis said.

    “But you can go in before the tournament [for] two weeks isolation and then play the tournament and afterwards two weeks isolation,” said the former captain.

    Several countries across the globe, including South Africa, Australia and India, have travel restrictions in place and the veteran Proteas batsman joked travelling by boat is not an option. “But I don’t know when South Africa will open their travel ban because we can’t go there like old days on boats,” du Plessis said.

    In March, South Africa’s ODI series against India was called off after the first match in view of the pandemic.


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    The option of shifting the upcoming T20 World Cup to 2022 is expected to be put on the table when the ICC Board meets on May 28, a member of world governing body’s influential Board told PTI on Friday. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup in the wake of coronavirus pandemic and shifting it may find favours with Cricket Australia, feels the Board member.

    The ICC flagship event is scheduled in Australia from October 18 to November 15. The ICC Board Meeting will be preceded by the Cricket Committee meeting to discuss playing conditions including applying sweat and saliva on the ball.

    It is expected that ICC’s Events Committee headed by Chris Tetley will present multiple options.

    “We are expecting three options from the ICC Events Committee. First option is having World T20 as per schedule with 14-day quarantine with crowd being allowed. The back-up for this option could be tournament in-front of empty stadium. The third option could be shifting the tournament to 2022,” a Board member privy to development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

    The Board meeting will also discuss two-month extension for Chairman Shashank Manohar but primarily the focus will be on deciding the fate of T20 World Cup.

    Of late, Cricket Australia and their top players including present and former, have been aggressively campaigning for the Test Series against India to go as scheduled in November-December.

    The series is crucial to Cricket Australia’s financial health.

    “CA wouldn’t be too unhappy if the World T20 is shifted to 2022. At the end of the day, ICC is made up of members. If members decide that bilateral series are more important, you can’t discount that. “Also ICC might find its cash flow being hampered but it’s a short-term problem. If the tournament happens in 2022, the parent body doesn’t lose anything because it’s deferment not postponement,” the board member said.

    The deferment will also mean that the cash-rich Indian Premier League, which is a parallel industry in itself, will get the much-needed window if the COVID-19 pandemic is under control by then. The Indian team can travel to Australia after the IPL.

    The Board member also cited a few problems which may lead to deferment of T20 World Cup.

    “The costs of quarantine arrangements for 16 teams with support staff plus TV crew will be huge. Add to that if in some of the countries, normalcy doesn’t return, whether travelling will be safe by then,” he added.

    “So it can’t be postponed by a few months, say February-March, 2021. It’s not a great idea as we have Women’s ODI World Cup and the two ICC events should not clash. The Women’s World Cup is a much safer bet, there will only be eight teams.”

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    MUMBAI (Reuters) - The International Cricket Council has told Reuters it is continuing preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year as planned and denied reports on Wednesday that a decision had been taken to postpone the event.

    Media reports in India said ICC members had come to an understanding that this year’s event would be pushed back to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The ICC board is to meet on Thursday to discuss several issues related to the pandemic and its members will also address the fate of the World Cup, which is due to be played at stadiums around Australia from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15.

    “The ICC has not taken a decision to postpone the T20 World Cup and preparations are ongoing for the event in Australia this year as per plan,” a spokesman for the governing body told Reuters.

    “This is on the agenda for the ICC Board meeting tomorrow and a decision will be taken in due course.”

    Australia has been among the most successful nations in containing the spread of the new coronavirus but travel restrictions remain in place with several state and territory borders still closed.

    A Cricket Australia spokeswoman told Reuters she was unaware of any decision being taken to postpone the World Cup.

    The Indian cricket board (BCCI), which is set to host the following edition of the tournament in 2021, is keeping a close eye on developments as a postponement could open up a window for this year’s Indian Premier League.

    The lucrative franchise-based tournament, which was supposed to start at the end of March, had to be postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic and the BCCI could see a $530 million dip in revenue if it fails to find another window for the competition.

    Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins told reporters on Wednesday that the IPL would be a great stand-in if the World Cup was postponed.

    “You have millions and millions around the world watching that format and I’m sure this year could potentially be even more after a long break off cricket,” he added.

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    Sneaky ACB being put in its place! Safest place in the world for cricket, trying to postpone a world tournament so that they can benefit from the IPL cash cow and 5 Test India series at home.

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    Considering everything, I don't see any cricket related events like IPL or world cup taking place this year.


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