The 7th edition of the T/20 World cup is slated to take place in Australia, from 18th Oct to 15 Nov 2020. In April, this year ICC confirmed that the tournament was planned to go as scheduled despite the Corona threat.
However, with the increasing spread of the Corona virus it is doubtful that the the Tournament will take place as scheduled,there have been un confirmed reports stating the same. With postpone ment of Olympic games, and cancellation of Wimbledon ,it is feared that the World cup may be next on the list.
Pakistan Head coach and chief Selector Misbah ul Haq, has suggested that the ICC should take its time to come to a final decision and not be hasty as “this is the best product to highlight Cricket.”
Misbah said that logistics of hosting 16 international teams along with their back up staff and media persons ,is not an easy task in these difficult times . However the authorities should wait for a month reassess the situation in and then come to a conclusive decision.He said all cricket lovers across the world want to see the T/20 World cup.
Misbah also said that Pakistan’s forthcoming tour of England will not be easy for either teams and their coaches , as circumstances are not ideal for cricket.
It will be difficult to play with a set of new rules, like not applying saliva on the ball, bowler sanitising his hands after each delivery, celebration not involving physical proximity, and playing in a Bio security environment. More over there’s a feeling of depression all over the world due to Covid 19 problem, with practically all sporting activitiy suspended, there is no entertainment for fans.
Pakistan is due to play 3 Tests and 3 T/20s in July this year
On the issue of ex Capt Sarfraz Ahmed, Misbah said he will go to England as the second keeper ,the squad will have 25/27 players as no replacement will be permitted during the tour.
On the issue of exclusion of Wahab Riaz and Mohd Amir, from central contracts, he said this has nothing to do with their decision to quit red-ball cricket. The two were very much in the plans until world cup 2023, and in contention as well as they are actively playing white-ball cricket.