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T20 World Cup plans unchanged despite possible clash with other sporting events in Australia
T20 World Cup 2020

T20 World Cup plans unchanged despite possible clash with other sporting events in Australia

T20 World Cup organisers are mulling over backup plans as COVID-19 crisis exacerbates and doesn't look like halting anytime soon, harbingering a gradual return to international cricket. 

The Twenty20 World Cup is scheduled to kick off from October 18 and run until November 15 in Australia. The organisers are optimistic that men's event will commence as planned and won't lose it's charm even though it might clash with Australia's football and rugby leagues. 

However, with the global pandemic posing unique challenges, nothing can be said for sure whether the marquee event will go as scheduled and so it doesn't really matter how eagerly the International Cricket Council and Cricket Australia want the event to start without any delay.

Logistics and travel have become a major issue as the world struggles to control the virus spread. Managing 16 teams and thousands of fans won't be a routine task in the post-COVID-19 era and the management will have to put in place stringent measures to organise what appears to be the most difficult World Cup from an administrative perspective. 

The chief executive of the T20 World Cup organising committee Nick Hockley is hoping that sports events will start from September onwards.

"We're wanting to give ourselves the best possible chance of going ahead as planned, so there's no imminent or quick decision," Hockley told AAP.

Hockley is working with the stakeholders to keep contingency plans in place in an event of delay and for any unforeseen circumstances. 

"Hopefully it's all resolved and we go ahead. In the event that it isn't completely resolved, we are looking at all the different scenarios. Which is only prudent," he added.

"They are collective discussions involving the organising committee, the ICC, all the members. We will keep everyone updated if anything changes.

"But for now, we're just under seven months away ... we've got a bit of time."

The World Cup was strategically planned in October just at the end of football seasons and the onset of cricket activities in the region in a bid to garner maximum public's attention. 

However, due to postponement of American Football League and National Rugby League, the major tournaments could be held concurrently which is not an ideal scenario.

The stadiums booking, sponsorships, broadcaster deals have created a plethora of challenges but entertainment starved crowds are expected to turn up in big numbers once the crisis is over. 

"We really feel for the winter codes, obviously they're doing it very tough," Hockley said.

"In the event they have extended seasons ... we still think the World Cup is a really strong proposition that might not come here again for 10 or 20 years.

"People love a World Cup, cricket is Australia's national sport. We're playing all around the country at venues that are some of the best in the world ... and T20 is the format that appeals to the broadest possible demographic.

"We're very encouraged already by the take up in terms of ticket sales."