BCCI treasurer thinks staging T20 World Cup ‘difficult’

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Retrieved 08 May 2020, 18:10 IST

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Indian Cricket Board treasurer Arun Dhumal claims it will be “difficult” for the ICC T20 World Cup to go ahead in Australia later this year.

The tournament runs through October, but has raised doubts about whether the coronavirus epidemic could take place.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is moving ahead with plans to host the tournament, but Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said “all other options” were being explored.

Dhumal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suggested that holding the World Cup could be unrealistic if players could possibly spend a drawn out permanent time out of action.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald: “They will be out of cricket for a long time. Do you want to play and play live without long training? [the] World Cup?

“Every board has to make this call. It seems difficult.”

Dhumal said India would ultimately look forward to traveling to Australia.

“There is no alternative – everyone has to do it. You want to start cricket again.” He added.

“Two weeks is not such a long lockdown. It would be ideal for any athlete because when you have been isolated for such a long time, it would be a good idea to go to another country and have a two week lockdown.

“We need to see what the rules post this lockdown.”