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World T20 in India May not go as per Plans, Warns ICC Chief Manu Sawhney

Sawhney said that the enormity of the whole procedure makes life difficult during these unprecedented times.

World T20 in India May not go as per Plans, Warns ICC Chief Manu Sawhney

International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive Manu Sawhney warned everyone that the World T20 slated to be held in India later this year might not go as planned because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Heasked everyone to have faith in cricket’s governing body.

Sawhney said that the enormity of the whole procedure makes life difficult during these unprecedented times as it is very different from a bilateral series where there are only two teams involved, compared to the 16 taking part in the T20 World Cup.

“Getting 16 teams from different countries with their quarantine protocols, with their risk factors….getting them into the country, then making sure the tournament happens and making sure that the players can then get back to their respective countries,” is stated to be “enormous challenge” by Sawhney.

He paid importance to the fact the “in the case of risk mitigation, it is not a linear curve.” He added that there are complexities that the authorities are facing before coming to a conclusion.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) which was postponed on Thursday by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after seven people including players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. PCB is now looking to hold the tournament at a later date.

Following that, Sawhney said that how India hostingthe Indian Premier League (IPL) will be a key factor in deciding and planning the World T20, which is set to be played in India in the months of October and November.

The ICC will be “learning from what is happening in the various T20 leagues, learning from what India is doing currently.” Praising BCCI,Sawhney said the international association will look forward to the Indian franchise to understand theprotocols that are needed to be followed in the T20 World Cup that is scheduled to be hosted later this year.

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