Melbourne: (Ajit USA) Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has acknowledged the increased likelihood of cricket seeing a late IPL in 2020 as opposed to the men’s T20 World Cup. Taylor’s inferences are based on the logistical ordeal of hosting a global event in the Coronavirus world along with the fact that Cricket boards will look to serve their own financial interests as the sport returns from its impasse.
At play in this inter-connected scenario is a delicate financial equilibrium on which the game is based with India as its power centre. The BCCI, which stands to make roughly 512 million USD through the IPL as opposed to 80 million from ICC, has already hinted that bilateral tournaments make greater financial sense for boards than ICC events in the immediate post-COVID-19 cricketing world.
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels eventually this year’s ICC T20 World Cup would be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, opening the doors for BCCI to host lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in that time slot.
The ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November, is shrouded in uncertainty even as some sporting action has begun with strict guidelines in place.