Simon Katich feels ICC T20 World Cup can be moved to February 2021 amid Covid-19 pandemic

Simon Katich feels ICC T20 World Cup can be moved to February 2021 amid Covid-19 pandemic

Former Australian cricketer Simon Katich has suggested that the T20 World Cup could be pushed back towards the end of the Australian summer if the coronavirus crisis made it impossible to hold the tournament within the planned window.

Katich feels that the men's tournament can be played in February 2021, just like Women's T20 World Cup was held in 2020.

"Potentially there's a chance to host it later in the summer, like the recent Women's T20 World Cup, and whether that's an opportunity to re-jig things... it'll be interesting to hear those discussions which are probably taking place at the moment and whether that's logistically possible with the FTP the way it is," ESPNCricinfo quoted Katich as saying to the SEN Radio.

Coronavirus has taken the world by a storm killing more than 1,20,000 people across the globe while taking a toll on multiple economies and global sporting events in the process. The novel Covid-19 virus has affected Formula One, football, rugby and has now also hit cricket hard with the cash-rich Indian Premier League becoming the latest victim of the pandemic.

The deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which has placed countries under lockdown, has cast a shadow over the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.

"But I'm sure that a T20 World Cup is a priority for all the organizers at the moment, to try and make sure that goes ahead at some point in the Australian summer given that we're hosting it," Katich added.

The ICC had stated on March 17 that the T20 World Cup 2020 will "go ahead as scheduled" despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played from October 18 to November 15 at seven venues across Australia.