MELBOURNE-Cricket Australia boss Kevin Roberts has downplayed the prospect of the Twenty20 World Cup going forward in 2020, saying the October-November schedule was below ‘very high risk’ because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Obviously, we’ve been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there is a very high risk about the prospect of that happening,” Roberts advised reporters in a video name on Friday. “In the event that doesn’t happen, there are potential windows in the February-March period, October-November the following year. “And there are implications here for the ICC over a number of years. So there’s a lot of complexity for the ICC to deal with.”

The Worldwide Cricket Council, the game’s world governing physique, has the ultimate say over whether or not the Oct. 18-Nov. 15 occasion will go forward. On Thursday, the ICC deferred selections over the match till its subsequent board assembly on June 10. India’s cricket board (BCCI), which is ready to host the next version of the match in 2021, is holding a detailed eye on developments as a postponement may open up a window for the Indian Premier League.

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The profitable franchise-based match, which was supposed to start out on the finish of March, needed to be postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic and the BCCI faces a $530 million dip in income if the competitors fails to go forward. The IPL’s transfer to an October-November slot may affect Australia’s scheduled T20 collection with West Indies (Oct. 4-9) and India (Oct. 11-17) confirmed on Thursday, with numerous Australian internationals contracted to IPL groups.

Australia’s cricketers would want exemptions from CA to be excused from worldwide obligation and play within the IPL however Roberts declined to say whether or not CA would grant them. “The question of the IPL will be addressed when a decision is made around the T20 World Cup, that’s the key influencing factor there,” he mentioned.