The Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Australia (CA) Kevin Roberts believes organising the T20 World Cup this year has high risks due to the coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s cricket board has reported.
“The likelihood of significant crowds is very slim – ordinarily that would deliver well over $50 million revenue to CA,” Roberts said while speaking to the media on Friday. “The T20 World Cup is a big question and that’s a factor of perhaps $20 million … we have been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there’s a very high risk about the prospect of that happening.”
The ICC is yet to make a decision on whether to go ahead with the tournament this year or not. They have refuted speculation of the competition being delayed so far.
The world championship begins on October 18 with former champions Sri Lanka taking on minnows Ireland in Geelong.
International cricket is likely to resume soon but faces the challenge of bringing 16 teams from across the world into one country and creating a bio-secure environment for the World Cup.
The sport’s governing body has to keep travel restriction policies and safety protocols in check, while organising the tournament behind closed doors will also have financial setbacks.
Alternate plans have been devised by the ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) for the rescheduling of the tournament.