Is the ICC World T20 2020 going to happen? | coronavirus fears

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With all cricket action postponed or cancelled, fans are desperately waiting on a decision by ICC and its members on weather the ICC World T20 will take place or not, and if so, where?

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is originally scheduled to host the tournament in Australia starting on the 18th of October this year but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ICC may be forced to look through options on weather the tournament will continue, and if it does, where.

“We are continuing with our planning for ICC events as they are,  but given the rapidly evolving situation as a prudent and responsible measure we are also undertaking a comprehensive contingency planning exercise”, said an ICC spokesman (cricingif).

“This includes exploring all options available to us based on a range of scenarios connected to the pandemic,” he also said.

What are the options?

The first and most rooted-for possibility is the original plan. Hosting the event in Australia. Currently, Australia has 6,542 confirmed cases with 3,747 recoveries, and 65 deaths. If the tournament continues as scheduled in Australia, it is almost certain that all matches will be held behind closed doors, which means crowd will not be allowed in stadiums.

The other possibility is the tournament being pushed back a year to 2021.
Currently, the Australian government has closed its borders and imposed travel bans which if it continues, the tournament will be forced to shift to another venue, or be postponed, or more terrifying, CANCELLED.

World T20 Stats

The first edition of the ICC World T20 was held in 2007 in South Africa. Pakistan suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the final against India. ☹


2007 (first edition): India
2009: Pakistan
2010: England
2012: Windies
2014: Sri Lanka
2016: Windies
Defending Champion: Windies
Most successful: Windies
Most Runs: Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka); 1016 runs *Wikipedia
Most Wickets: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan); 39 wickets *Wikipedia

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