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Unrealistic Trying to Get 16 Countries into Australia: Cricket Australia Chairman on T20 World Cup

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After the sacking of former Cricket Australia chief executive, Kevin Roberts, there was yet another development that took place on Tuesday. Board's chairman Earl Eddingson told reporters that it would be ‘unrealistic’ to hold the T20I World Cup this year due to global pandemic.

After the sacking of former Cricket Australia chief executive, Kevin Roberts, there was yet another development that took place on Tuesday. Board's chairman Earl Eddingson told reporters that it would be ‘unrealistic’ to hold the T20I World Cup this year due to global pandemic.

He said, “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.”

“The ICC are having meetings as we speak, it’s a bit of a movable feast at the moment,” he further added.

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Whereas, Nick Hockley, who was made interim Cricket Australia chief, added that he believes the ICC to make a final decision by next month. “We’ve got a fantastic local organising committee who are busy preparing for every eventuality and the decision that will come,” he said.

Earlier, Kevin Roberts too had said a similar thing. He had said last month,“Obviously, we’ve been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there is a very high risk about the prospect of that happening,” Roberts told reporters in a video call on Friday.

“In the event that that doesn’t happen, there are potential windows in the February-March period, October-November the following year.

“And there’s implications here for the ICC over a number of years. So there’s a lot of complexity for the ICC to deal with.”

first published:June 16, 2020, 08:54 IST