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Pakistan in favor of holding T20 World Cup, but not over players’ health

Pakistan in favor of holding T20 World Cup, but not over players' health

Pakistan in favor of holding T20 World Cup, but not over players’ health

The CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan, stands in full favor of holding the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 whenever possible.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 was scheduled to be kicked off by 18th October but amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, the event seems impossible and can be shifted to a window of 2021 either 2022. Canceling the tournament or holding it behind closed doors might trouble ICC and the sixteen boards financially. Hence, it is no wonder that Wasim Khan also stands in favor of organizing the World Cup.

However, he has prioritized cricketers’ safety over the game and says that Pakistan fully supports the event but not more than the players’ safety that cannot be taken for granted due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

He has also gone against the idea of rushing. According to the reports, the event is to be shifted to a new window of 12 months later, Wasim thinks ICC cannot take an early decision as it can hamper fight with the Coronavirus.

“We (PCB) believe that unless there is a Covid-19 reason, this year’s Twenty20 World Cup should happen as scheduled,” Wasim said.

“So, Pakistan will support the idea of having the tournament this year. We will back Australia if they plan to go ahead but not at all costs. Players’ safety will have to come first. It’s certainly going to be a real logistical challenge. I mean there would be 16 teams competing in the event so you’ll need to devise plans to implement various necessary protocols like social distancing.” he stressed.

Pakistan to support T20 World Cup’s plan, but not over player’s safety

“There won’t be any quick decisions,” he said.

“There is going to be an ICC chief executive meeting early next month in which this issue is going to be discussed. A decision to postpone the event is going to have major repercussions.”

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