‘It will be a logistical nightmare’ – Michael Hussey feels T20 World Cup will have to be postponed to 2021 or 2022
Along with the T20 World Cup, Australia is also going to host the much-anticipated series against India.
Updated - Jul 3, 2020 3:32 pm
The international cricket scenario has been in doldrums since the COVID-19 outbreak. Since its initiation, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the feasibility of cricket matches, putting many series and tournaments in jeopardy.
The world witnessed the consequences of COVID-19 debacle when the much-awaited IPL 2020 was also postponed indefinitely, putting the BCCI’s investment at stake. Furthermore, many bilateral series were called off in the wake of coronavirus transmission.
The repercussions of the pandemic could be witnessed even more as the possibility of T20 World Cup in Australia is also in jeopardy. The showpiece event was slated to take place in October-November window. However, considering the current global situation, the 16-team mega-event is on the verge of postponement.
Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey also opined on the feasibility of the T20 World Cup and said that the hosting the tournament right now could prove to be a logistical nightmare. Recently, Cricket Australia (CA) itself had termed the chances of hosting the mega-event ‘unrealistic’. However, the cricket fraternity is still waiting for the ICC to take a call on the future of the showpiece event.
Michael Hussey feels India tour will go ahead as planned
“I am really fearful about the T20 World Cup, to be honest, and the reason for that is I think it is okay to bring out one team to play international cricket and get them to isolate and stay safe and prepare well for a series,” Hussey said in a podcast called ‘HotSpot’.
“But having to bring a number of teams and getting them to isolate to prepare and then move around the country to different venues I think that will be a logistical nightmare. From what we are hearing perhaps the T20 World Cup will have to be postponed for 2021 or even 2022,” added the southpaw.
Along with the T20 World Cup, Australia is also going to host the much-anticipated series against India. With only one team travelling the Kangaroo nation, Hussey feels that the India tour is likely to go ahead as planned.
“I am a lot more positive about the Indian tour of Australia going ahead and the reason is bringing one team to tour here and getting them to a hub is easier.
“For example, Adelaide Oval has just built a hotel connected to the stadium, so the Indian team could base themselves there, train and prepare for a series, and play against Australia. We have all got our fingers crossed, as we know that this pandemic keeps throwing these curve balls and we need to adapt and move quickly,” said Hussey.