2020 World Cup – T20 Event Set To Be Postponed

2020 World Cup T20 presentation by the Australian Cricket Board
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: New South Wales Minister for Sport John Sidoti MP speaks to the media at the announcement of ticket prices for ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia at Luna Park on July 23, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

2020 World Cup T20 Tournament Unlikely

The chairman of the Australian Cricket Board, Eddie Hemmings recently stated that ” I think it is very unrealistic and very difficult to stage the tournament at this time”. The 2020 World Cup T20 is likely to be shifted to March or April according to Hemmings. This is because it offers enough time for the climate to return back to normality.

The given coronavirus climate and the lack of a suitable vaccine are both crucial reasons that have significantly reduced the chances of the 2020 World Cup T20.

The Indian Cricket Board are also unhappy at the time taken for the Australian Cricket Board to decide on whether the 2020 World Cup T20 is going to go ahead or not. A spokesperson for the BCCI recently stated that they would like to play the Indian Premier League in the 2020 World Cup T20 time period instead – if the global tournament does not go ahead.

The First World T20 2007

The 2007 World T20 played in South Africa. India won the tournament defeating Pakistan in the final.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 18: DJ Lady Lee during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Pakistan held at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium on September 18, 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The first T20 World Cup was held in South Africa in 2007. It was a festival atmosphere for the fans watching. It began the evolution of T20 Cricket, especially in the subcontinent. India won the tournament against Pakistan in the final.

This tournament set the stage for the Indian Premier League to be introduced within the next 12 months. Since, the IPL has now taken off and is now one of the biggest tournaments in cricket and sport in general.

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Australia 2020 World Cup T20 – Desperate To Win

Michael Hussey plays a shot during the 2010 World Cup T20 final versus England. 2020 World T20.
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – MAY 16: Mike Hussey of Australia hits out during the final of the ICC World Twenty20 between Australia and England at the Kensington Oval on May 16, 2010 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Australia has not yet won a World T20. They would have been desperate to put that right this year at the 2020 World Cup T20, had it gone ahead.

Their best result to date is reaching the 2010 World T20 final against England in Barbados. England won the tournament and the match comfortably and Australia have not reached a final since.

With the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the batting department, Australia would have fancied their chances. Their bowling is also strong with the likes of Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. All have considerable experience of playing in the Indian Premier League and have become established, T20 Cricketers.

Australia recently won the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil. They would have fancied their chances to repeat their success in the shortest format.

The final decision ultimately depends on the Australian Cricket Board. There will be a meeting that will take place between them later this week. The outcome of the meeting is likely to dictate what happens with the Indian Premier League.

 

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