Covid-19 makes T20 World Cup unrealistic: Cricket Australia Chairman

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COVID19 affects T20 World Cup
Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings recently conceded that this year’s T20 World Cup amid the COVID-19 pandemic seems “unrealistic” as it will be difficult to fly in 16 teams to the country.
 
“Trying to get 16 countries into Australia when most countries are still going through COVID spiking is unrealistic or very, very difficult,” said Eddings, in a video talk with ESPN sports.
 
 
This is despite the fact that Australia is among the countries that have managed to flatten the curve.  Just over 7000 cases have been reported here and more than 6000 of them have recovered from the deadly infection. 
 
The fate of the event, scheduled to be held in October and November, is shrouded in uncertainty as several countries continue to have in place strict travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected over 8.1 million people across the globe.
 
Last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC), after a board meeting, said a decision regarding the tournament will be made next month.
 
The world body stated that it wants to continue exploring contingency plans for some more time as a call of this magnitude needs to be taken after every possible deliberation.
 
There is speculation that the event is headed for a postponement and the window will be utilised by the IPL, which is currently suspended.
 
However, Covid-19 has also affected other cricket formats as well, including several local tournaments including the lucrative Indian Premier League.
 
Competitive cricket is set to return to Australia as a T20 tournament in Darwin is set to kick-start the sport which has been suspended worldwide since March due to coronavirus pandemic.
 
Well-being of their families was the sole concern behind Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul's refusal to tour England amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave has revealed.
 
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that 10 players have tested positive for COVID-19 during a round of tests ahead of the squad assembling for their tour of England.
 
Initially only three players were revealed to have tested positive, before a further seven names were added to the list a day later. In addition, one member of support staff, the team masseur Malang Ali, has also tested positive.
 
Despite the setback, Khan insisted that the tour to England was not under threat, though he confirmed contingency plans were being put together for replacements should more players test positive during later rounds of testing.
 
A detailed list of all cricket series affected by coronavirus can be found on: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/28898417/full-coverage

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