It's tough to play T20 World Cup in India this year, says Michael Hussey

It’s tough to play T20 World Cup in India this year, says Michael Hussey

Hussey reckons a lot of cricket boards might be nervous about travelling to India.

Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Michael Hussey, former Australia batter and Chennai Super Kings batting coach, is not confident of India hosting the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 due to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.  Mr Cricket as he’s fondly called recently recovered from Coronavirus and flew to Australia on May 13 after being in isolation for 14 days in India.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) had to be suspended on May 4 due to rising number of cases within the different teams. Initially, the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders had to be postponed after two KKR players tested positive for the deadly virus.

The BCCI officials still were optimistic, but more and more players from the other teams started getting affected such as Wriddhiman Saha, Tim Siefert and Lakshmipathy Balaji and the tournament had to be called off.

Hussey shares his views on India hosting the T20 World cup amidst the pandemic

With the second wave in India showing no signs of slowing down, Hussey believes the T20 World Cup would be difficult to stage in India at this point. ICC has already announced UAE as the back-up option to play the tournament in October-November.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult in my view to play T20 World Cup in India.  We’re talking about eight teams in the IPL. I think there are probably a similar number, maybe more teams coming in from overseas for the T20 World cup, there’d be more venues. As I said earlier, if they’re playing in different cities, that is when the risk goes up,” Hussey told Fox Cricket.

“I think they’ll have to look some pretty big contingency plans, perhaps looking at the UAE or somewhere like that that could host the World T20. I think there will be a lot of cricket boards around the world that’d be pretty nervous about going back to India for a cricket tournament,” he added.

The second wave of COVID-19 in India is showing no signs of slowing down. Asia Cup 2021 has also been suspended indefinitely due to surge in cases. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has (BCCI) officials are still optimistic about its plan to host the T20 World cup and no statement has been made yet about it being shifted to another country.

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