Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey is frightened of the prospect of Australia hosting the T20 World Cup in October-November and says a 16-team occasion amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic could show to be a logistical nightmare.
Cricket Australia itself has mentioned that it’s a bit “unrealistic” to stage the T20 World Cup as per schedule within the present circumstances however the ICC is but to take a closing name on the matter. Hussey too would not see the showpiece occasion going down this yr.
“I am really fearful about the T20 World Cup to be honest and the reason for that is I think it is okay to bring out one team to play international cricket and get them to isolate and stay safe and prepare well for a series,” he mentioned in a podcast referred to as ‘HotSpot’.
“But having to bring a number of teams and getting them to isolate to prepare and then move around the country to different venues I think that will be a logistical nightmare. From what we are hearing perhaps the T20 World Cup will have to be postponed for 2021 or even 2022,” mentioned the southpaw.
The India tour of Australia that has been scheduled after the T20 World Cup is prone to go forward as per the plan, in response to Hussey.
“I am a lot more positive about the Indian tour of Australia going ahead and the reason is bringing one team to tour here and getting them to a hub is easier.
“For instance Adelaide Oval has simply constructed a resort linked to the stadium, so the Indian group could base themselves there, practice and put together for a collection, and play in opposition to Australia.
“We have all got our fingers crossed, as we know that this pandemic keeps throwing these curve balls and we need to adapt and move quickly,” mentioned Hussey.
England are at the moment hosting the West Indies for a three-Test collection beginning on July 8, marking resumption of worldwide cricket after a four-month hiatus brought on by the pandemic.
Talking about cricket in a bio-secure surroundings, Hussey mentioned the collection must be referred to as off in case a participant checks optimistic for coronavirus, the potential of which is excessive.
“Because of how contagious this virus is, you would think if one person has got it or is affected, with how close everyone is in proximity, it is probably going to be passed on to a number of people in the team.
“What are you going to do? You must substitute 5-6-7 members of the group, that may be very powerful. If somebody does take a look at optimistic or exhibits signs, they’ve to instantly name off the sport,” he added.