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India-Australia can swap hosting T20 World Cup in 2020 and 2021, suggests Sunil Gavaskar

  • Press Trust of India
  • April 21st, 2020
  • 16:18:36 IST

New Delhi: Sunil Gavaskar says India can swap the T20 World Cup with Australia and host it this year instead of the scheduled 2021 edition, provided the COVID-19 curve flattens in the country.

Global sporting activities have come to a halt due the COVID-19 pandemic, jeopardising events like the 2020 T20 World Cup, scheduled in Australia from 18 October – 15 November. India are supposed to host the next edition in 2021.

ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 final will take place on Sunday at the MCG. Image: @T20WorldCup

Representative image of the ICC T20 World Cup. Image: @T20WorldCup

"As we all know, Australia has barred foreigners from entering the country till 30 September. The tournament starts mid-October so it is looking difficult at the moment," Gavaskar told India Today.

"Next year the T20 World Cup is in India. If India and Australia come to an agreement and the COVID-19 curve in India flattens out, they can swap. It can be held in India this October-November and next year in Australia around the same time."

The IPL too has been indefinitely postponed but there is a possibility of it being held in September.

"If it (T20 WC swap) happens that way, IPL is just held prior to T20 World Cup so there is enough practice for the players. Then you can have T20 World Cup in November and Asia Cup in December in UAE. December is a much better time to host a tournament in the UAE," said the 70-year-old.

Updated Date: April 21, 2020 16:18:36 IST

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