The Habib Financial institution Restricted (HBL) Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) season six may conflict with the Twenty20 (T20) World Cup, subsequent yr, because the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) is contemplating the opportunity of holding the occasion in February and March, 2021.
The mega occasion is presently scheduled to be held in October and November of the present yr in Australia; nonetheless, the continuing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has made this situation unlikely.
The T20 World Cup is prone to be postponed to a different date. February and March are being considered because the doubtless window for the occasion. New Zealand, which has received the battle in opposition to the Covid-19, can also be an choice to host the occasion.
New Zealand is already scheduled to host the Ladies’s World Cup in February and March. If a choice is taken to carry the lads’s T20 World Cup in the identical window is taken, it may come on the expense of the ladies’s occasion.
In case the mega occasion is shifted to February or March subsequent yr, it could conflict instantly with the PSL. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must discover one other window for his or her occasion on this situation.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has stated the T20 World Cup in Australia this yr appears “unimaginable” because of the challenges of protecting 16 groups in a bio-secure bubble to restrict the danger of coronavirus.
The governing Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) is exploring contingency plans however has deferred a choice on the event till July.
“Whether it is performed this yr they are going to doubtless insist it occurs in a bio-bubble,” he stated.
“That is okay for one or two groups however when 12-16 groups play in a T20 event, it turns into an unimaginable factor. I don’t assume it’s possible at this time that there’s any ICC occasion in 2020.”
Mani anticipated the event to be rescheduled to 2021, with the version scheduled for subsequent yr in India moved to 2022.
“ICC occasions have been imagined to occur in 2020, 2021 and 2023. The hole within the center might be stuffed and this shall be deferred,” he stated.
“That’s the place the discuss is headed in direction of. What occasion will occur first and the place, these talks are taking place.”
Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings believes it’s “unlikely” and “unrealistic” that the Males’s T20 World Cup will happen in Australia as scheduled this yr.
The destiny of the event, scheduled between October 18 and November 15, is being deliberated fiercely by the ICC Board which final week deferred to take the ultimate name.
The ICC has continued to stay optimistic regardless of the rising probability of the event being postponed within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
After the ICC Board assembly convened to debate contingency planning final week , ICC chief govt Manu Sawhney had stated that there was solely “one probability” to make the choice and it wanted to be the “proper one” which he stated could be arrived at after consulting all stakeholders, from the broadcaster to the gamers.
Eddings, who sits on the ICC Board, although, felt time was operating out. He identified that with lots of the 16 collaborating nations nonetheless beneath the grip of the pandemic it was “very, very troublesome” to stage the event and stated that CA had introduced completely different choices to the ICC Board for the event to be moved.
“I sit on the ICC and we’re having conferences as we communicate,” Eddings stated.
“It’s a little bit of a shifting feast for the time being. I’d say it’s unlikely, whereas it hasn’t been formally known as off this yr or postponed, making an attempt to get 16 nations into Australia within the present world the place most nations are nonetheless going by way of Covid-19 spiking, I feel it’s unrealistic or could be very, very troublesome. We’ve put ahead plenty of completely different choices to the ICC we’re working by way of for the time being.”