New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: With the whole world coming to a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering option to shift the men’s T20 World Cup to 2022.

The ICC Board members will meet on May 28 and will likely discuss about shifting the event to 2022 as a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup because of the coronavirus pandemic, reported news agency PTI.

The men’s T20 World Cup event is scheduled in Australia from October 18 to November 15.    

“We are expecting three options from the ICC Events Committee. First option is having World T20 as per schedule with 14-day quarantine with crowd being allowed. The back-up for this option could be tournament in-front of empty stadium. The third option could be shifting the tournament to 2022,” a member of world governing body's influential Board told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

The Board member, however, said that Cricket Australia (CA) wouldn't be too unhappy if the World T20 is shifted to 2022 but if members decide that bilateral series are more important than it won’t be able to discount that.

“Also ICC might find its cash flow being hampered but it's a short-term problem. If the tournament happens in 2022, the parent body doesn't lose anything because it's deferment not postponement,” the Board member said.

Citing few problems which may lead to deferment of T20 World Cup, the Board member said that the costs of quarantine arrangements for 16 teams with support staff plus TV crew will be huge and if in some of the countries, normalcy doesn't return, whether travelling will be safe by then.

“So it can't be postponed by a few months, say February-March, 2021. It's not a great idea as we have Women's ODI World Cup and the two ICC events should not clash. The Women's World Cup is a much safer bet, there will only be eight teams,” PTI quoted the Board member as saying.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma