COVID-19: T20 World Cup under dark clouds

Lahore, 24th March: Given the outbreak of the COVID-19, the ICC is likely to have preliminary discussions on the fate of the T20 World Cup on March 29 as per the reports.

According to the reports of Baaghi TV, the coronavirus outbreak has proven to be a major hindrance among the daily lives of citizens across the globe. The global issue has already resulted in plenty of casualties, with the overall number going past 13000-mark. The seriousness of the issues means that many tournaments have been postponed or canceled.

In the wake of the pandemic, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to have preliminary discussions on the fate of the T20 World Cup on March 29 as per the latest reports. According to Indian Express, “the ICC is likely to have at least preliminary discussions on the fate of the world cup when its 18 member board of directors including heads of the 12 test playing nations hold a teleconference on March 29. It was supposed to be a full-fledged meeting over three days in Dubai before the coronavirus situation forced a change in plans.”

The marquee event is, as of now, scheduled to kick off in October this year and will be held entirely in Australia. Nonetheless, if this year’s edition gets cancelled it will collide with the next edition; i.e. to be held in India.

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Hence, it seems likely that one of the two editions will be effected gradually.

The last edition of the T20 World Cup was held in 2016 in India. The MS Dhoni-led India had qualified for the semi-finals but were eliminated by eventual champions West Indies, who defeated Eoin Morgan-led England in a cliff hanger of a summit clash at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

On Tuesday (March 23), Team India celebrated the fourth-anniversary of their famous one-run win over Bangladesh, from the previous edition, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Chasing a moderate total, Bangla Tigers were on course and needed only 2 off 3 balls when regular fall of wickets enabled a one-run win over the Men in Blue.

With the growing concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis, it has brought the next men’s T20 World Cup under dark clouds. The fate of the showpiece event may be declared in a few weeks. Earlier this year, Australia women trounced India women to lift their fifth title in the T20 Women’s World Cup.

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