Melbourne: Former Australia captain Allan Border mentioned on Tuesday he can not even think about the prospect of internet hosting this 12 months’s Twenty20 World Cup at empty stadiums because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The well being disaster, which has prompted journey restrictions and quarantine intervals in international locations all over the world, has clouded the outlook for the format’s flagship match, which is scheduled to start in Geelong on 18 October.
The thought of enjoying in empty stadiums to offer cricket-starved followers stay motion on tv has discovered some backing however the 64-year-old Border is just not a fan of the idea, particularly for a World Cup.
“I just can’t imagine playing at empty stadiums … it defies belief,” he informed Fox Sports News.
“Having groups, help employees and everybody else related to the sport wandering across the nation, enjoying video games of cricket, however you may’t let individuals into the grounds. I simply can’t see it occurring.
“It’s both you play it and everybody simply will get on with the job and we’re previous this pandemic.
“Or it just has to be cancelled and you try to fit it in somewhere else,” mentioned Border, who led Australia to their first 50-overs World Cup victory in 1987.
The virus has to date contaminated about 6,400 Australians and led to 61 deaths.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell expressed comparable sentiments at the weekend.
“It’s going to be hard for us to justify having a World Cup when we can’t get people into the grounds,” Maxwell informed ABC Grandstand.
“So I can’t see it happening in the near future.”
The governing International Cricket Council and native organisers are engaged on contingency plans however count on the match to go forward as deliberate.