The T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in October is already under threat and now the Sports Minister of Australia has indicated to cancel the tournament.
Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck has made such a statement that it seems that the Australian Government is focusing more on organizing the India and Australia series, not the T20 World Cup.
Australia’s Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said his country could overcome the challenge of hosting teams for the T20 World Cup but the main issue is whether it would be right to hold the tournament in empty stadiums without spectators.
The T20 World Cup 2020 and the Indian team’s Australian tour are facing a cloud of crisis as travel restrictions are still in place and it is not even sure how long it will take to control the Covid-19 epidemic. If both these tournaments are not held, Cricket Australia could suffer a loss of 300 million Australian dollars. Colbeck told Sen.
Radio on Monday, ‘I would like to see a Test series between Australia and India. I really want the World Cup to be organized as per schedule. He said, ‘Teams are not such a big issue as there are spectators and this is an obstacle that we really have to think about and also World Cricket will have to think seriously about it.”
The Sports Minister said that after controlling Kovid-19, issues related to hosting teams can be dealt with. He said, ‘We understand the difference in all situations but as far as the issue of teams is concerned, I think we can set some rules with the help of sports and players which are very important. If we organize a tournament, it is important to remain separate for a certain period and the biosafety protocol.’
The T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to begin on October 18, while India’s tour to Australia will begin with the T20 tri-series earlier and conclude with a four-Test series in December.
The International Cricket Council recently said that preparations are still going on for the tournament of 16 countries and a final decision will be taken in August.
Australia is considering a travel waiver for the Indian team to save its cricket board from a huge financial loss, but Colbeck said he needed to be careful in giving waivers to other countries for the T20 World Cup. All these issues are under discussion. ‘