On Monday, the veteran Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar asserted that India and Australia can swap the T20 World Cups in a bid to host the tournaments in 2020 as well as in 2021 due to the global pandemic situation. According to Mr. Gavaskar, if India and Australia can swap then the IPL can be held in September if the COVID-19 curve flattens in India.
The coronavirus pandemic has halted all the global spotting activities like the 2020 T20 World Cup which was scheduled to kickstart in Australia from October 18 to November 15.
“As we all know, Australia has barred foreigners from entering the country till September 30. The tournament starts mid-October so it is looking difficult at the moment,” Mr. Gavaskar said while interacting with media.
He went on saying, “If it can be done… next year’s T20 World Cup is in India. If it can be done… where India and Australia come to an agreement… In case the curve in India flattens out and India and Australia swap… so the T20 World Cup is in India in October-November this year and Australia in October-November next year, then it can happen.”
“If it is going to happen that way, then maybe what can happen is the IPL can be held just prior to the T20 World Cup so that it’s enough practice for the players to have T20 World Cup,” he stated.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declared that the IPL 2020 has been ‘postponed until further notice.’ The announcement comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the nation-wide lockdown until May 3.
The former Indian captain also talked with the reporters about the postponement of the Asia Cup which is to be held in September. Pakistan have the hosting rights for the continental T20 tournament which will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
“Then the Asia Cup can be held in December in the UAE. That’s a much better time to have the tournament than in September when it can be extremely hot,” Gavaskar said.