The world of Cricket like other sports is in complete disarray. Global cricket has come to complete standstill since the month of March leading to more than 80 days of international bilateral cricket either being postponed or cancelled due to Covid19.
80 days of International cricket already cancelled or postponed
Month of March started with 3 international series in different parts of the world getting cancelled midway of the series. South Africa team had to return from India after the first T20 game in the T20 match series against the Kohli boys. Same was the status with the NewZealand team, which returned from Australia after playing only the first game in the 3 match T20 series. England was in SriLanka to play the 2 test matches covered under the ICC World Test Championships when the tour got called off.
Month of April has been complete washout for the cricket world. Being a IPL month, no big internationals bilateral series was slated in the month. But Ireland tour of Zimbabwe for 1 test and 5 T20 games are already cancelled.
Month of May / June – More than 55 days of Bilateral cricket is scheduled in the month of May and June and most of them is already cancelled or postponed.
‘Clearly, this situation is extremely disappointing for everyone involved in sport but, given the bigger picture, and the terrible toll COVID-19 is taking worldwide, we need to look after not only our own people but the greater community good,’ according to David White, CEO of NewZealand Cricket
What does this loss of international cricket mean for the sport of cricket ?
The loss of 80 days of international cricket will not only hit the pockets of the cricket boards, players but will also create scheduling nightmare for the future. No one knows how some of the postponed series will be adjusted in the future tour program (FTP) of each playing nation.
‘We have to wait until everything comes under control. There could be a schedule chaos which we cannot resolve. We have to get engaged with other stakeholders, including the ICC,’ said BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
Without any doubt cricket world is in complete disarray and the crisis has a potential to erode existence of some of the stakeholders of the sport.
ICC FTP March to June, 2020 – Series either cancelled or postponed
March 2020 – All Series Cancelled / Postponed
South Africa tour of India – 3 ODI (Series Cancelled midway)
New Zealand tour of Australia – 3 T20s (Series Cancelled midway)
England tour of Sri Lanka – 2 Tests (Postponed)
Ireland tour of Zimbabwe – 1 Test & 5 T20s (Postponed)
Bangladesh tour of Ireland – 1 Test, 3 ODIs & 3 T20s (Postponed)
West Indies tour of England, – 3 Tests (Unlikely)
New Zealand tour of Ireland – 3 ODIs & 3 T20s (Cancelled)
Australia tour of Zimbabwe – 3 ODIs (Cancelled)
India tour of Sri Lanka – 3 ODIs & 3 T20s
South Africa tour of SriLanka – 3 ODI’s / 3 T20
West-Indies tour of Netherlands – 3 ODI’S