Possible postponement of the T20 World Cup will open the door to IPL, says former Australia captain Mark Taylor
MELBOURNE: Former Australian captain Mark Taylor finally feel this year's ICC T20 World Cup would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening the doors for BCCI to host profit Indian Premier League (IPL) in that time interval.
The ICC 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.
Taylor said that if the postponed IPL is carried out, the trip will be the individual responsibility of the player and not of his national Board.
"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.
14 days of isolation before that makes it even more difficult. It is more than likely that this event does not take place. So if the ICC decides to postpone the event, the door will be opened for the BCCI to say that we will have our IPL is India, which actually turns the responsibility on individuals and not nations that move entire teams to a certain country.
The 55-year-old 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."
When asked if it is possible to organize the entire series in one place, he said: I think it is so, if you have to choose a state, you will probably choose Adelaide. They have a hotel attached to the ground.
The Indian cricket team is slated to tour Australia from October 2020 to January 2021 for a full series that includes four test matches as part of the World Test Championship plus three ODIs and the most T20Is.