Brendon McCullum, the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) thinks that it might be hard for Australia to organize such a big event like ICC T2o World Cup 2020 during the tough times given by the Coronavirus health crisis among the Earth.
“For Australia to move 16 international teams plus all of their support staff and then broadcasters, seems a bridge too far. I can’t see them playing the T20 World Cup behind closed doors either,” McCullum said.
McCullum thinks, in October, it is Indian Premier League (IPL) thirteenth season that will be staged whereas, the event that was to be organized by the ICC organizers by 18th October, would be pushed ahead to 2021.
Keeping the circumstances under consideration, it has been analyzed so far that no cricket can be possible in the near future. IPL got delayed and the owners of the franchises along with the BCCI officials are looking for a new possible window that could be October. Staging IPL in October clearly means, moving ICC T20 World Cup to 2021.
Brendon McCullum also discussed the possibilities of Women’s ICC T20 World Cup and said it could be moved ahead as well.
“I think the IPL will try and target that October window and the T20 World Cup will get pushed back,” McCullum said. “That may mean the Women’s World Cup gets pushed back but hopefully we get to see all three tournaments operate”, the former New Zealand skipper said as quoted by NDTV Sports.
It is to be noted that McCullum was declared as the head coach of KKR for the first time and he was to make his coaching debut in this season of IPL which is not possible until or unless the cash-rich league does not come in its process of staging.
He also clarified that an event like the World Cup can not take place behind closed doors without the audience.
“The ICC and world cricket need crowds to operate but India can probably sustain things commercially behind closed doors because they are going to get so many eyeballs.”