T20 World Cup Organizers Remain Optimistic despite Potential Clash
Organizers expect this year’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup to be a success even if it has to vie with Australian rules football and rugby league for viewers due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the head of the organising committee said on Sunday.
The world’s health crisis has cast doubt over the men’s T20 World Cup, slated to run from October 18 until November 15 in Australia.
With both the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (AFL) seasons suspended due to the pandemic, they may now clash with the Twenty20 World Cup when they resume.
“In the event they have extended seasons…we still think the World Cup is a really strong proposition that might not come here again for 10 or 20 years,” Nick Hockley, CEO of the organising committee, told Australian Associated Press (AAP).
“People love a World Cup. Cricket is Australia’s national sport … and T20 is the format that appeals to the broadest possible demographic. We’re very encouraged already by the take up in terms of ticket sales.” Nick added.
The women’s tournament proved a big success, with hosts Australia beating India in the March 8 final to defend their title. The organizers expect the men’s tournament to replicate that success despite uncertainty around it.
The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) has maintained there is no change in its plans, and Nick Hockley hoped they would not require any either.
“We are wanting to give ourselves the best possible chance of going ahead as planned, so there’s no imminent or quick decision,” he said. “Hopefully it’s all resolved and we go ahead. In the event that it isn’t completely resolved, we are looking at all the different scenarios. Which is only prudent.”
“They are collective discussions involving the organising committee, the ICC, all the members. We will keep everyone updated if anything changes. But for now, we’re just under seven months away … we’ve got a bit of time.”