The Indian cricket board has again sought a quick decision on the T20 World Cup after a Cricket Australia (CA) official said holding it this year would be ‘unrealistic’. “If that’s what the host country is saying, there is clearly a case for the ICC (International Cricket Council) to act soon. All cricket boards and players involved are waiting for a decision,” said Arun Dhumal, treasurer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday.
Should the World T20, scheduled from October 18 to November 15, and the six-nation Asia Cup in September not be held, BCCI hopes it will open a window to stage the Indian Premier League. BCCI is keen on a late September or early October start to the T20 competition worth approximately Rs 4000 crore.
Dhumal was reacting to a comment from CA chairman Earl Eddings earlier in the day. “While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through Covid spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” Eddings told reporters.
However, Australia is working on hosting foreign teams. “Cricket Australia and the ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee are consulting with relevant Australian Government agencies in the development of their biosecurity plan to support the resumption of professional cricket in Australia. This includes arrangements for the arrival of international teams, accommodation, training environments and venue logistics,” said Richard Colbeck, Australia’s minister for sport, in an interview.
“The Australian Border Force Commissioner is authorised to grant approval for non-Australians or Australian residents to arrive via the border into Australia. Any application by Cricket Australia would be considered on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with relevant health authorities,” said Colbeck on e-mail.
With only 491 active Covid-19 cases, according to its department of health’s website on Tuesday, Australia is also working on letting crowd in at stadiums from July. Venues that can hold 40,000 will be allowed to have 10,000 spectators.