The ICC has postponed the decision on the event until 10 June, stating that it intends to continue exploring contingency plans for some more time.
Cricket Australia on Friday admitted that the “very high risk” of this year’s T20 World Cup is being postponed and is causing huge revenue losses to the body.
Speaking to reporters, CA chief executive Kevin Roberts admitted that the fate of the T20 World Cup, to be held by Australia in October-November this year, is uncertain due to global travel restrictions due to the Covey-19 epidemic.
“We are hoping all along that it can be staged in October-November, but you have to say a very high risk about the possibility of being there,” Roberts said.
The ICC has postponed the decision on the event until 10 June, stating that it intends to continue exploring contingency plans for some more time. Roberts said CA is staring at a revenue loss of about 80 million.
Even though the tournament goes according to plan, it is likely to be held in empty stadiums as social balance norms and CAs are well known.
“The potential for significant congestion is very slim – typically which will provide CA more than AUD 50m of revenue. The T20 World Cup is a big question and probably a factor of AUD 20m.
“And it is likely that our biosafety measures need to be spent in order to season 10 meters,” he said.
CA chiefs, however, are more confident of hosting a four-Test series against India starting in Brisbane from 3 December.
As per the original schedule, India is expected to play in four venues – Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne – but Roberts said the fixtures are likely to be tweaked.
“This (schedule) assumes that the state borders are open for domestic travel. It may be that circumstances dictate that when the time comes we can only use one or two places, we don’t really know anyone yet.
“Our four states have four locations or one state has too many variables in one place,” he said.
“The endless landscape and possibilities there … We are very optimistic that we will be able to stage Indian men’s tours and other inward tours for the season. But we are realistic enough to know that they will look very different in a normal summer, ”Roberts said.