Ehsan Mani, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has said that holding the T20 World Cup in Australia this year is not feasible. While the ICC is yet to make any announcement on the fate of the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played in October-November, Eddings and Mani – two sitting members of the cricket governing body – don’t expect the event to happen this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the latter mentioning that it is too risky to stage the tournament which involves 16 teams.
Mani expects an announcement from the ICC regarding the T20 World Cup sometime “in the next three-four weeks” after considering all the stakeholders involved in the game.
We’ve had four-five conference calls on the last month. Obviously a decision will have to be made about where the first event will be. Right now it was to be Australia, then India and then a gap of one year and then India for the World Cup. Now we have to see whether it will be Australia first, or India, to see who will host in 2022,” Mani said.