T20 World Cup unlikely to take place this year: Ehsan Mani.


LAHORE -- Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has said the T20 World Cup in Australia this year seems 'impossible' due to the challenges of keeping 16 teams in a bio-secure bubble to limit the risk of coronavirus.

The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) is exploring contingency plans but has deferred a decision on the tournament until July.

While Australia has slowed novel coronavirus infections to a trickle, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings said on Tuesday any expectations that the tournament would go ahead as planned in October-November were 'unrealistic'.

Mani, an ICC board member, said in a virtual media briefing on Wednesday that the Australian government was still being 'very cautious' about the COVID-19 risk.

'If it is played this year they will likely insist it happens in a bio-bubble,' he said.

'This is okay for one or two teams but when 12-16 teams play in a T20...

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