MELBOURNE: Australia skipper Aaron Finch is prepared for the likelihood of T20 World Cup being postponed due to the wake of coronavirus pandemic that has stalled the whole world. 2.6 million people have got infected by the virus up to now while 1.8 lakh people have lost their lives.
The T20 WC is scheduled to be played in Australia in October but Finch believes the multi-national event might be postponed depending upon things.
"I think we'd need to get our heads around a T20 World Cup which may be postponed for a month, two months, three months, whatever it's going to be," Finch told SEN Radio.
"But as long as we are able to get live sport up and running. Whether that's with crowds or not, I do not think that creates any difference to the players. We played one ODI against New Zealand with no crowd (and it) was really strange for the initial four or five overs, on the other hand, you got into your work.
"I think we'd need to get a bit creative with how we do this (as a part of a new-look schedule). Whether that's arranging and playing two Test matches in one hub or something like that."
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts has also said that Australia is committed to hosting the World Cup this year as planned, but added officials would take government advice before making a call.
Earlier, former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar had stated that Australia and India can swap hosting rights if the conditions improve in his home nation. He had pointed towards the travel ban for foreigners imposed by Australian government till September 30.
"At the instant, as we all know, Australia has barred foreigners from entering the country until the 30th of September. The tournament is set to begin from mid-October or the 3rd week of October, so it's looking quite difficult at the moment," Gavaskar was quoted as saying by India Today.
"If it can be done... next year's T20 World Cup is in India. If it can be done... where India and Australia come to an agreement... just in case the curve in India flattens out and India and Australia swap... therefore the T20 World Cup is in India in October-November this year and Australia in October-November next year, then it can happen."