Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has stated that questions will be raised if the Indian Premier Leagues (IPL) is slotted in the window that is allotted to the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. The ICC might cancel the World Cup in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, as per some sources. However, it hasn’t given out any confirmed statement as such.
The T20 World Cup in Australia is scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15.
The 50-year-old former batsman for Pakistan took to his YouTube channel on July 5. He stated that there are rumours that the World Cup won’t take place because it was clashing with the IPL and the Australia-India series.
“The Indian board is strong and has control in the International Cricket Council (ICC). If Australia says that we cannot hold the World Cup because of the COVID-19 pandemic, their stance will be easily accepted. But if any such event happens during the same time, then questions will be raised,” he added.
Mr. Inzamam further said that the ICC should not prioritize private leagues over international cricket. However, he agreed that hosting 16 nations during the T20 World Cup is no easy task.
He also said, “I have also heard that objections are being raised on the dates of the Asia Cup as it is clashing with some other event. The ICC, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and all cricket boards should sit together and give a strong message that any such kind of impression (giving priority to private leagues instead of international cricket), won’t take place,” he said.