The T20 World Cup 2020 was scheduled to take place from October 1 to November 15 in Australia.
International Cricket Council has decided to postpone the grand event considering the coronavirus situation.
The cricket fans will be deprived of a highly anticipated tournament full of action and thrill this year.
However, this does not mean that there would be no cricket in the 28-day window as BCCI has announced to organize the Indian Premier League from September 19 to November 8.
BCCI takes full advantage of the free window
Earlier, IPL was scheduled to initiate from March 29 but the worst conditions caused by pandemic did not allow the league to be played on time.
BCCI has made full use of the free window and gave United Arab Emirates the hosting rights of IPL which would be taken place when no major cricketing event would be happening.
Ex-Pakistan cricketers are not happy over the overall circumstances. They think the decision of postponement made by ICC is influenced by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).
Former Pakistan Test cricketers who have shared their frustration on ICC and BCCI
The former Test cricketers assume that T20 World Cup is not being held to provide the space for the 2020 edition of IPL which was postponed earlier.
1. Shoaib Akhtar
The fastest bowler in the history of Pakistan Cricket, Shoaib Akhtar has expressed his frustration with the following words:
“T20 WC could have been played but me and Rashid have said this repeatedly that they won’t let it happen, it won’t happen. IPL shouldn’t get damaged, the T20 World Cup can go to hell. India needs to save cricket immediately otherwise it won’t affect my era.” (quote from wionews)
“The quality of cricket will decline but people will continue to make millions of dollars from the sport. Even the following will reduce just like it did in Pakistan after the 2017 Champions Trophy triumph.” (quote from wionews)
2. Rashid Latif
According to former Test captain Rashid Latif, only BCCI is not responsible for the decision of ICC as all the cricket boards are involved in the postponement of the T20 World Cup.
“Cricket boards around the world, be it India, Pakistan or England, they mostly look at the financial packages. All the boards are in this together, not just the BCCI alone. Everybody was in agreement with this decision, it’s not just India who stand to benefit if the T20 World Cup didn’t happen,” (quote from wionews) former wicket-keeper batsman provided his analysis.
“The T20 WC could have been played in February-March but it would have affected Pakistan (due to PSL 2020). Then in April-May the IPL was scheduled so the BCCI would have been affected, then in November-December Australia are supposed to host the Big Bash League,” (quote from wionews) Rashid explained the influence of the T20 leagues.
“Everybody in the ICC benefits from this decision now. BCCI Sourav Ganguly announced beforehand that the Asia Cup had to be cancelled even before the official statement came out. Whether he was told by PCB boss Ehsan Mani or the Sri Lankan cricket board, all this was all pre-planned,” (quote from wionews) said Rashid Latif.