Matthew Hayden, the former Australian boxer opener, has calculated that he did not see the TCC Men I20 World Cup which took place at Down Under in Australia later this year.
The proliferation of a global pandemic is coronavirus [COVID-19] has made the world of cricket jam. A large number of bilateral series and the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League have been included in the backburner.
The T20 World Cup is also in serious danger and the International Cricket Board [ICC] arranged to hold a meeting on May 28 via video conference where decisions can be taken about the future of the four-year event.
“It’s very difficult to see live cricket happening right now. However, in Australia, we remained largely unaffected by COVID-19. I would imagine the ICC would take all necessary precautions to ensure that not only are the players safe but the spectators are also safe if at all the T20 World Cup did occur, “Matthew Hayden told IANS.
Hayden added: “The current situation in Australia is that a person is not permitted to travel between borders, there is little movement of people. So at this stage it is very difficult to see any global tournament running,”
The India-Australia series must be performed only after all security protocols have been met: Matthew Hayden
The T20 World Cup will be replaced by a tour of India in Australia where Virat Kohli’s troops are scheduled to play four Test matches and three ODI.
The India tour in Australia is reported to be worth AU $ 300 million and Cricket Australia is drawing every type of contingency plan to keep the tour going. Commenting on the same thing, Hayden said that while he wanted the series to occur, he argued that it should not happen until all safety protocols were fulfilled by the Australian Cricket.
“Of course I think this should continue if all health and safety issues are not interrupted. If the Australian Cricket can ensure a clean stadium then I think it should continue but not until every last health authority in Australia is consulted. There is no risk to be taken, “added Matthew Hayden.
Meanwhile, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal recently said that India was open to quarantine for 14 days before the series and also played all Test matches in one place.
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