Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has opined that the COVID-19 pandemic could cost India the upcoming T20 World Cup.
He believes that either the world event will be postponed or moved to another country.
Writing in his column at the ESPNcricinfo, Chappell said that the suspension of IPL 2021 due to the Coronavirus is a reminder of cricket’s vulnerability.
“In the current disastrous climate, the suspension of the IPL could also produce a precedent. It may lead to the World T20 event, programmed for India later in the year, either being postponed or moved.”
BCCI and the IPL Governing Council postponed the IPL 2021 after various COVID-19 infiltrated the secure bio-bubble of various IPL teams.
“The suspension of the 2021 IPL tournament because of surging COVID infections and deaths among the public, and a number of participants testing positive, was a reminder of the game’s vulnerability.”
Australian pacer Pat Cummins feels that the ICC T20 World Cup should be shifted to the UAE amid the COVID-19 crisis in India.
He told the Age that if conducting the T20 World Cup in India is going to “drain resources” or “not going to be safe” then the marquee event should be shifted to the United Arab Emirates.