2020 World Cup T20 Tournament Unlikely
The chairman of the Australian Cricket Board, Eddie Hemmings recently stated that ” I think it is very unrealistic and very difficult to stage the tournament at this time”. The 2020 World Cup T20 is likely to be shifted to March or April according to Hemmings. This is because it offers enough time for the climate to return back to normality.
The given coronavirus climate and the lack of a suitable vaccine are both crucial reasons that have significantly reduced the chances of the 2020 World Cup T20.
The Indian Cricket Board are also unhappy at the time taken for the Australian Cricket Board to decide on whether the 2020 World Cup T20 is going to go ahead or not. A spokesperson for the BCCI recently stated that they would like to play the Indian Premier League in the 2020 World Cup T20 time period instead – if the global tournament does not go ahead.
The First World T20 2007
The first T20 World Cup was held in South Africa in 2007. It was a festival atmosphere for the fans watching. It began the evolution of T20 Cricket, especially in the subcontinent. India won the tournament against Pakistan in the final.
This tournament set the stage for the Indian Premier League to be introduced within the next 12 months. Since, the IPL has now taken off and is now one of the biggest tournaments in cricket and sport in general.
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Australia 2020 World Cup T20 – Desperate To Win
Australia has not yet won a World T20. They would have been desperate to put that right this year at the 2020 World Cup T20, had it gone ahead.
Their best result to date is reaching the 2010 World T20 final against England in Barbados. England won the tournament and the match comfortably and Australia have not reached a final since.
With the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the batting department, Australia would have fancied their chances. Their bowling is also strong with the likes of Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. All have considerable experience of playing in the Indian Premier League and have become established, T20 Cricketers.
Australia recently won the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil. They would have fancied their chances to repeat their success in the shortest format.
The final decision ultimately depends on the Australian Cricket Board. There will be a meeting that will take place between them later this week. The outcome of the meeting is likely to dictate what happens with the Indian Premier League.
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