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T20 World Cup postponed due to coronavirus

An ICC board meeting on Monday postponed the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia later this year, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings had said it was “unlikely” and “unrealistic” that the Men’s T20 World Cup will take place in Australia between October 18 and November 15.

However, the ICC had been deliberating on the fate of the big ticket event for past two months before eventually taking the final call. In May, former CA CEO Kevin Roberts had pointed out that the fate of the T20 World Cup was under “very high risk”  given the circumstances.

With the T20 World Cup now out of the way, the BCCI can begin firming up plans for the Indian Premier League to go ahead. With spike in the coronavirus cases, the franchise-based tournament is most likely to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates, once the Indian government gives its nod.

If the tournament shifts to the UAE, it would be the second time that the IPL is held there, after the first 20 matches of the tournament in 2014 were staged in UAE because of the general elections in India.

In April, the BCCI deferred the IPL indefinitely because of the pandemic. India is currently third on the list of countries in terms of infections and has officially recorded over 26,000 deaths.

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