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It would be a logistical nightmare to host T20 World Cup, says Chris Lynn
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It would be a logistical nightmare to host T20 World Cup, says Chris Lynn

The flamboyant power-hitter Chris Lynn has termed the prospects of hosting the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October as "logistical nightmare" owing to the COVID-19 health crisis.

International Cricket Council (ICC) hasn't announced any tinkering of the World Cup 2020 schedule and seems optimistic to hold the event as planned.

However, the unpredictable situation in the aftermath of coronavirus pandemic indicates that the major ICC tournament could very well be postponed or staged behind closed doors. Many other contingency plans are being mulled by the stakeholders.

Lynn, who was part of Lahore Qalandars in the PSL 2020 edition and has represented Australia in 18 T20Is, cast doubt on the tournament taking place in October and he, for one, cannot foresee the event being organised amidst the colossal challenges associated with handling 16-teams and thousands of fans.

"My personal opinion is no," he told Fox Sports.

"Obviously we're praying for it to go ahead but we've just got to play what's in front of us. Having teams come from all over the world is going to be a logistical nightmare.

"Hotels, travel, keeping the teams in the hotels for a number of weeks before the tournament is going to be tough work moving forward."

Cricket Australia Chief Kevin Roberts partly concurs with the swashbuckling batsman and his plain-spoken assessment. While nobody can accurately prophesize the future, Kevin alluded to the fact that the entire schedule could very well be rejigged due to COVID-19 threat.

Cricket Australia is already facing financial problems and postponing the mega event could further incur losses to the board. Players pay cuts are on the cards as the revenue generation process has been disrupted badly.

Captain of Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL), Lynn, forwarned domestic players to be mentally prepared to receive pay cuts.

"No-one likes to take pay cuts but I think for the longevity of the game you've got to be realistic," said Lynn.

The 30-year-old urged players to accept pay cuts so that this year's BBL is not cancelled due to lack of funds.

"It is a tough one, but if it means that the BBL is no longer going ahead because the players want to take full pay then I believe that's ridiculous. So, yes, we have to come to an understanding to make sure the BBL goes ahead," Lynn said.