Cricket’s worst kept secret was confirmed on Monday. After months of speculation, this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia has been officially postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scheduled for October 18-November 15, it was supposed to be international cricket’s marquee event of 2020 but staging such a global tournament in these troubled times derailed those plans. Even well before the Australian state of Victoria went into a recent six-week lockdown after suffering a second wave of the virus, this year’s T20 World Cup was ill-fated.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Australian government has implemented a hard border with incoming travelers required to quarantine for 14 days. The logistics of hosting a 16-team tournament was simply too difficult but there were other financial motivations and politicking in the backdrop.
Cricket Australia (CA), which dumped chief executive Kevin Roberts last month after his contentious handling of the coronavirus pandemic resulted in mass staff stand downs, had publicly not been attempting to salvage hosting the tournament – unlike the IOC’s delusional bullishness before belatedly succumbing to widespread pressure.