Veteran South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has proposed a two-week isolation period for players before and after the T20 World Cup as a way to stage the event as per schedule later this year.
Like other sports, cricketing action too has come to a complete halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fate of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October-November is shrouded in uncertainty.
Talking to Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, du Plessis said travel was going to be an issue despite Australia being less affected by the deadly contagion.
"I am not sure... reading that travelling is going to be an issue for a lot of countries and they are talking about December or January. Even if Australia is not affected like other countries, to get people from Bangladesh, South Africa or India where there is more danger, obviously it's a health risk to them," du Plessis said.
"But you can go in before the tournament (for) two weeks isolation and then play the tournament and afterwards two weeks isolation," said the former captain.
Several countries across the globe, including South Africa, Australia and India, have travel restrictions in place and the veteran Proteas batsman joked travelling by boat is not an option.
"But I don't know when South Africa will open their travel ban because we can't go there like old days on boats," du Plessis said.
In March, South Africa's ODI series against India was called off after the first match in view of the pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 44 lakh people worldwide while causing close to 3 lakh deaths.
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The IPL will resume on 19 September in the UAE after being suspended in May due to the second wave of COVID-19 in India, which led to multiple cases inside its bio-bubble.
The decision by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been taken keeping in mind Jayawardene's tremendous track record with Mumbai Indians and his ready-made inputs post-Indian Premier League stint with most of the top international stars on the same UAE tracks where the T20 World Cup will be played.
The 44-year-old emphasised that the players need to manage themselves during the league so that they can peak at the right time as a unit for South Africa.