According to the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, Brendon McCullum, there are possibilities that ICC T20 World Cup 2020 could be pushed ahead to 2021 because organizers are thinking to organize IPL 2020 in a new window of October.
Scheduling IPL 2020 in October can possibly shift ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to a new schedule of 2021. McCullum thinks that amid the Coronavirus outbreak, it might be difficult for Australia to organize the ICC T20 World Cup. Also, the event like the World Cup requires spectators. IPL 2020 can go ahead without spectators but events like World Cup craves for the audience.
“For Australia to move 16 international teams plus all of their support staff and then broadcasters, seems a bridge too far. I can’t see them playing the T20 World Cup behind closed doors either,” McCullum said.
He also discussed Women’s T20 World Cup that was scheduled for February in New Zealand, can be moved ahead due to rescheduling Men’s World Cup.
“I think the IPL will try and target that October window and the T20 World Cup will get pushed back,” McCullum said. “That may mean the Women’s World Cup gets pushed back but hopefully we get to see all three tournaments operate”, the former New Zealand skipper said as quoted by NDTV Sports.
“The ICC and world cricket need crowds to operate but India can probably sustain things commercially behind closed doors because they are going to get so many eyeballs.”
McCullum was handed over with a post of head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2020. As the season has got delayed, his debut as a coach of KKR has also got postponed till the rescheduling of the cash-rich league.