PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani believes Australia’s T20 World Cup will be pushed back into 2021 this year.
“Australia and New Zealand have the coronavirus situation under control but they are concerned about their border situation,” he said in a conference call with the media.
“I don’t feel that any ICC event will be taking place this year but I see them happening next year.”
The former ICC chief went on to say that if players are infected by the virus during tournaments, things would get difficult.
He added that after consultation with all stakeholders the governing body of the sport will make its final decision, adding “it can be expected within the next three to four weeks.”
Mani went on to say that if the T20 World Cup is postponed the ICC won’t suffer a huge financial setback.
Commenting on the future of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), he said that if things do not change by December the cricket board will make its final decision. “It seems as if the situation is about to deteriorate and unfortunately things are not in our control.”
He also said there was no assurance that domestic cricket would start on time and the board would not compromise its players and stakeholders’ well-being.
Speaking on the Asia Cup, Mani said the tournament is being played to generate revenue for the Asian sides, and countries including Nepal, Qatar and Bahrain will suffer the most if the tournament is to be called off.
The PCB chief said his decision to swap Asia Cup hosting rights with Sri Lanka was based on improving the region’s game. “The coronavirus situation in the island nation is better compared to the rest of South Asia and they are optimistic of tackling the pandemic by September.”