Because of the ongoing pandemic all over the world, all sporting events have suffered. The Olympics and the Wimbledon, which were slated to happen later this year, have already been pushed back to 2021. Now, fans are fearful that one of the biggest cricket tournaments of the year – the T20 World Cup in Australia – might also be in jeopardy.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled for late October and there are still 6 and half months to go for it. Whether the situation would have improved by then, no one knows. However, with all the travel restrictions in place and the fact that no large gatherings are being allowed at the moment because of the health crisis, it remains to be seen how such a major sport event can go ahead in a few months time.
The organizing committee, however, remains optimistic about going ahead with the big-ticket tournament. Right now, they are adopting a wait-and-watch strategy on the subject.
“Hopefully it’s all resolved and we go ahead. In the event that it isn’t completely resolved, we are looking at all the different scenarios. Which is only prudent. They are collective discussions involving the organising committee, the ICC, all the members. We will keep everyone updated if anything changes. But for now, we’re just under seven months away … we’ve got a bit of time,” Nick Hockley, chief executive of the T20 World Cup organizing committee, was quoted as saying to the press.
The World Cup is slated to start on October 18 with the final scheduled on November 15. If the tournament is cancelled unfortunately then the World Cup might not come to Australia for about a decade. Moreover, the T20 World Cup is coming back after four years. If it is cancelled now, it will be a major blow to the cricketing word. Thus, they will be hoping that the situation improves on its own.
If it doesn’t improve, what are the scenarios that the organizers can try? Perhaps a shortened tournament would be tried? Or, at the worst, holding the event in empty stadiums to avoid any crowd. But will that be feasible for such a big tournament like a World Cup? These are tough questions that organizers will have to address in the coming weeks if the situation in the world worsens.
Cricket fans, meanwhile, will be praying that the health crisis gets resolved in time. Right now, things look grim and seeing any cricketing action seems implausible for a long time to come. But there’s hope. Six months is a long time and things might well turn for the better in the coming weeks. Fans will have to be very patient in this turbulent phase and hopefully they will get rewarded for it by the end by getting to witness cricketing action at its finest.