Cricket Australia on Friday conceded that there’s “very high risk” of this yr’s T20 World Cup being postponed and the physique is bracing up for big income loss due to that. Talking to reporters, CA chief govt Kevin Roberts admitted that the destiny of T20 World Cup, to be hosted by Australia in October-November this yr, is unsure due to the worldwide journey restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there’s a very high risk about the prospect of that happening,” Roberts mentioned.
The ICC has deferred a decision on the occasion until June 10, saying it desires to proceed exploring contingency plans for some extra time.
Roberts mentioned CA is observing a income lack of round AUD 80 million. Even when the event goes forward as per plan, it’s prone to be held in empty stadiums due to the social distancing norms and CA is nicely conscious of it.
“The likelihood of significant crowds is very slim – ordinarily that would deliver well over AUD 50m revenue to CA.
The T20 World Cup is a big question and that’s a factor of perhaps AUD 20m.
“And it is doubtless that our bio-security measures that we have to put in place to ship the season will price within the order of AUD 10m,” he said.
The CA chief, however, is more confident of hosting the four-Test series against India starting at Brisbane on December 3.
According to the original schedule, India are slated to play at four venues – Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne – but Roberts said there is every possibility of a tweak in the fixtures.
“That (schedule) assumes that state borders are open to home journey. It might be that circumstances dictate that when the time comes perhaps we will solely use one or two venues, we actually do not know any of that but.
“There is a lot of variables based on whether we have four venues in four states or as little as one venue in one state,” he mentioned.
“There’s endless scenarios and possibilities … we’re very optimistic that we will be able to stage the Indian men’s tour and the other inbound tours for the season. But we’re realistic enough to know they will look very different to a normal summer,” Roberts added.
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