This piece of news will bring in some smiles to the faces of International Cricket Council (ICC), Cricket Australia (CA) and those cricket fans who are eagerly waiting for the ICC T20 World Cup down under in October-Nov this year. With COVID-19 relatively under control in Western Australia (WA), the state government has announced plans to allow full-capacity crowds from July 18, meaning up to 60,000 fans could attend games at Perth’s Optus Stadium while other part of the country also gradually opening up.
But at the same time, this news will disappoint the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) fans who are hoping for the T20 World Cup window to be utilized by IPL 2020 this year.
From July 18th Perth’s Optus Stadium can welcome 60K fans
Perth’s Optus Stadium will be in the unique situation from 18th July as they will be able to operate at full capacity now without crowd restrictions – and be able to welcome back up to 60,000 fans
Earlier on 12th June, Australian PM Scott Morrison had announced further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, including allowing sports stadiums capable of seating 40,000 people to host crowds of up to 10,000 from next month.
But as things have improved considerably in WA, the state government decided to allow stadiums to operate with full capacity from 18th July.
Announcement Big Boost for the T20 World Cup in Australia
The announcement by the Western Australian government is a great news for the ICC T20 World Cup. One thing is certain that Australia is getting back to normalcy sooner than what everyone had expected.
Can now the World Cup in Australia in Oct-Nov become a reality ?
World Cup without the crowds was something which no one was ready to fathom but with these new developments in Australia, that hurdle at least is removed.
Another hurdle for the T20 World Cup is the opening of the borders. Earlier the Australian government had announced that the country borders will be closed for 6 months starting March which virtually ruled out the T20 World Cup in October.
“I’m not suggesting this is going to happen soon. There’s still a lot of work to do and that needs to get in place,” the Australian PM had recently announced.
When the situation is improving – why CA officials giving negative statements about T20 World Cup ?
One fails to understand if things are improving by the day, why high-ups in Cricket Australia are creating doubts and negativity about the T20 World Cup in October by releasing damaging statements.
Kevin Roberts, the Ex CEO of CA declared in May, that the world cup schedule is ‘very high-risk’.
If that was not enough, CA’s Chairman recently made a statement that the T20 World Cup is ‘unlikely this year’.
ICC meanwhile, still is not ready to give up. The global body of cricket has postponed their decision in regard to the World Cup till the next month. And with this good news about the stadiums opening up, their patience may finally pay-off
Development Big Setback for IPL 2020
But on the other hand, the news will be looked as big setback for the BCCI and the IPL 2020. As it is the case of either-or between the two, any positive news that comes in for the T20 World Cup will decrease the hopes of the world’s most lucrative league taking off this year.