The BCCI had high hopes of successfully staging the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. However, that was not the case to be as COVID-19 invaded the bio-bubble and infected multiple players and support staff which forced the apex body to indefinitely suspend the T20 extravaganza.
India is set to host the ICC World T20 in October this year and questions are being raised whether it is right to hold the marquee ICC event in India where the COVID-19 situation is going from bad to worse with each passing day.
Australian pace spearhead, Pat Cummins had opined that if the T20 World Cup is a “drain on Indian resources” or is “unsafe” for the players then it should move out of India.
“If it is going to be a drain on Indian resources or it’s not going to be safe, then I don’t think it’s right to play it over here. That’s the first question which needs to be answered”, Cummins was quoted as saying by ‘Age’ newspaper.
The T20 World Cup is still a few months away and Cummins reckoned that the cricket authorities should work with the Indian government and do what’s best for the Indian people.
“It probably too early to say. It’s six months away. The priority should be for cricket authorities to work with the Indian government to see what’s best for the Indian people,” said Cummins.
Cummins was the first player who came forward to help India in this miserable situation. He donated $50,000 to India’s fight against COVID-19. He said that he has lot of empathy for the Indians who are going through a lot in this pandemic.
“I’ve felt quite helpless and quite detached from it all being kept in comfortable hotels. We were playing games and training like every other year. It just felt that I should be doing more for the people around us,” said Cummins
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