Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said that questions will be raised if Indian Premier League is slotted in the window allotted to ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, which in all likelihood will be cancelled in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
The ICC is yet to decide the fate of the T20 World Cup in Australia which is scheduled to take place from 18 October to 15 November.
“There are rumors that the World Cup was clashing with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Australia-India series, therefore, it (T20 World Cup) won’t take place,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel on 5 July.
“The Indian board is strong and has control in the International Cricket Council (ICC). If Australia says that we cannot hold the World Cup because of the COVID-19 pandemic, then their stance will be easily accepted, but if any such event happens during the same time, then questions will be raised,” he said.
The 50-year-old former batsman, who has scored 8,830 runs in 120 Tests and 11,739 runs in 378 ODIs for Pakistan, further said: “People will think, if a country could host 12 to 14 teams (16 teams), then why the ICC could not look after the teams after all Australia is such an advanced country. Another thing is the ICC should not be allowed to give priority to private leagues (IPL) on international cricket. This will lead to young players focusing on private leagues other than international matches.”
The former coach, however, agreed that it is not easy to host 16 nations during the T20 World Cup.
“Australia can say that it was difficult for it to manage 18 teams (16) for the mega event as it is not easy. Likewise, the Pakistan team was in England in a hotel and all the facilities were being provided there, therefore, it has not been easy to manage 18 teams (16),” he said.
The fate of Asia Cup which PCB will be hosting in a neutral country for security reasons is also an issue as no one knows the fate of the tournament originally scheduled in September.
Inzamam said: “I have also heard that objections are being raised on the dates of the Asia Cup as it is clashing with some other event. The ICC, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and all cricket boards should sit together and give a strong message that any such kind of impression (giving priority to private leagues instead of international cricket), won’t take place,” he said.
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