New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The coronavirus pandemic has forced postponement of every single sporting event across the globe. After the Indian Premier League, the T20 World Cup is also likely to be put on the back burner.

According to a Times of India report, the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, is likely to be postponed to next year as the continent has sealed its borders for the next months till September 30.

The report also quoted a source saying that “the ICC will not take any such decision till as late as August.”

“Right now, things took bleak, and people’s health is the first priority. However, what if the situation improves in a few months’ time? What if the ICC announces that the T20 World Cup is postponed in May itself, and things improve a couple of months down the line, and cricket’s governing body realises that it took a hasty decision. The ICC will take time to decide on the fate of this event, till as late as August. Don’t expect any announcement before that,” TOI quoted the source as saying.

“As of now, everything will proceed as per plan, and assuming that the tournament will be held as per its original dates. So, all other preparations by the ICC’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Australia, which is already in place, will be on in full swing,” the source said.

The T20 World Cup is still six months away and ICC said it will take a decision after consulting all stakeholders, including the Australian government.

"We will continue to take advice from experts and authorities, including the Australian government and will take decisions at the appropriate time," the spokesperson said.

"We will utilise all the data and information available to us to ensure we can take well-informed, responsible decisions that are in the best interests of our sport."

Former captain Allan Border and star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell have already given a thumbs down to the prospect of the tournament happening without spectators, while former batsman Simon Katich and wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey feel delaying the event remains an option.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta