Mani’s feedback got here a day after Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings conceded that the worldwide T20 showpiece appears “unrealistic” as it is going to be troublesome to fly in 16 groups to the nation.
“We have had a lot of discussions and the feeling is it (T20 World Cup) would not be possible this year. ICC has World Cups lined up in 2021 and 2023, so we have a gap year where we can adjust this event,” Mani instructed reporters.
“God forbid if some player(s) falls ill or mishap occurs during the tournament, it will have a big impact and create panic in the cricket world and we can’t take that risk,” Mani, who additionally heads the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Rights Committee, stated.
He stated the most important hurdle in the way in which of holding the T20 World Cup in Australia this yr was that the federal government there was very cautious in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mani stated even when the occasion is held, it is going to be in a bio-bubble atmosphere, together with empty stadiums. “Having a bio-bubble environment is feasible for say a bilateral series like Pakistan in England, but it is very difficult when 16 teams are involved,” the PCB chief added.
The destiny of the occasion, scheduled to be held in October and November, is shrouded in uncertainty as a number of nations proceed to have in place strict journey restrictions because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has contaminated over 8.three million folks throughout the globe.
“I would say it is unlikely…trying to get (teams from) 16 countries into Australia when most countries are still going through COVID spiking is unrealistic or very, very difficult,” CA chairman Eddings stated on Tuesday.
Last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC), after a board assembly, stated a choice relating to the match shall be made subsequent month.
The world physique acknowledged that it desires to proceed exploring contingency plans for some extra time as a name of this magnitude must be taken after each doable deliberation. There is theory that the occasion is headed for a postponement and the window shall be utilised by the IPL, which is at the moment suspended.
Mani stated one other ICC convention name is scheduled in per week and discussions are ongoing about the way forward for the T20 World Cup.
“The factor is the ICC and member boards are stakeholders after which there are the broadcasters as key stakeholders as nicely. They are their place and what’s finest for them.
“We are additionally making an allowance for views of affiliate member nations who get shares from the occasion. I anticipate a ultimate determination in three to 4 weeks time.”
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