With no cricketing activity happening around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels it will be extremely difficult for Cricket Australia and International Cricket Council (ICC) to go ahead with their flagship tournament – T20 World Cup 2020. He said it will present a fantastic opportunity for BCCI to host lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in that time slot. Australia have currently sealed their international borders till September 30 due to the spread of the deadly virus. The T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, is shrouded in uncertainty even as some sporting action has begun with strict guidelines in place. Also Read - ICC Should Wait For a Suitable Time For Organising T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram

Taking the current scenario into consideration, the 55-year-old Taylor believes hosting 15 nations would be some task for the Australian board. He feels apart from planning their accommodation and security will be the other challenges which will give the board members many sleepless nights. Also Read - Once Team Management Decides Something, I Don't Think There Should be a Place For Contrarian View: Wriddhiman Saha



“I think that’s the most likely scenario (postponement of T20 World Cup) because 15 teams planning to come to Australia between October and November, 45 matches over a proposed seven venues, national travel is going to extremely difficult in the world we are living in,” Taylor told Channel Nine Sports. Also Read - Competitive Cricket Set to Return With Fans in Australia After Coronavirus Lockdown

“14 days isolation before that makes it even harder. More than likely that event is not going ahead. So if the ICC decides to postpone the event that will open the door for the BCCI to say that we will have our IPL is India which actually puts the onus back on individuals then rather than nations moving whole teams over to a certain country.”



Taylor said if postponed IPL is held, the travel will be a player’s individual responsibility and not his national Board’s. The former opener said if the IPL is favoured over T20 World Cup, it opens up serious negotiation opportunities for Cricket Australia with BCCI for the already-planned series Down Under.

“So that is certainly a possibility or probability. Cricket Australia will obviously want the T20 World Cup but at the same time will be working hard with India that if their players go there for IPL, they will want India to come to Australia for our summer of cricket next year,” Taylor said.

“Cricket in a way is fortunate with the timing. They have now got some time to do some planning. I have no doubt that CA will now be thinking about IPL and not T20 World Cup. They want India in this country. That’s what they want and they are already talking about Adelaide Oval as a hub.”

Asked if it’s feasible to host the entire series in one venue, he said: “I think it is, if you have to pick one state you probably pick Adelaide. They have got a hotel attached to the ground.”

Team India is scheduled to tour Australia from October 2020 to January 2021 for a full series that includes four Test matches as part of the World Test Championships besides three ODIs and as many T20Is.