Allan Border can't envisage Australia hosting Twenty20 World Cup without spectators. The T20 World Cup is scheduled in October this year but a cloud of uncertainty hovers over the fate of the tournament.
International travel restrictions and coronavirus pandemic situation pose unique challenges to the organisers who are exploring all options to hold the event as planned.
It’s safe to say World Cup behind closed doors is very much on the cards but Australia's legendary batsman Allan Border is not down with this idea.
I just can't imagine playing at empty stadiums ... it defies belief," former Australian captain Border told Fox Sports News.
Border would rather prefer the event being completely called off than hosting it without any spectators and, come to think of it, he has a valid point as fans are indisputably a vital cog in making any major sporting event a resounding success and so without them, the event would be a damp squib.
The 1987 World Cup-winning captain scored 27 centuries and maintained an impressive average of 50.56 in Tests along with leading his team valiantly in his career.
"Having teams, support staff and everyone else associated with the game wandering around the country, playing games of cricket, but you can't let people into the grounds. I just can't see it happening.
"It's either you play it and everyone just gets on with the job and we're past this pandemic. Or it just has to be cancelled and you try to fit it in somewhere else," added Border.
Current Australia side belligerent batsman Glenn Maxwell concurs with the elder statesman and has a similar take on the matter.
"It's going to be hard for us to justify having a World Cup when we can't get people into the grounds. So I can't see it happening in the near future," Maxwell told ABC Grandstand.
"I can't see the T20 World Cup surviving without any people there."
Border added a tournament with empty crowds would "just be about the television-rights revenue".