PCB to support T20 World Cup plans but to certain extent: Wasim

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From Sports Correspondent

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan has clarified that the board will support the timely staging of the ICC T20 World Cup as long as it could ensure players’ safety.

This year’s World Cup in Australia is likely to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and it would be grave news for all stakeholders, considering that the 16-nation tournament is seen as the biggest cricketing spectacle of the year.

Cricket boards all over the world and especially the ones already feeling the financial crunch like the PCB would be hit hard in case the money-spinning global tournament is pushed to next year.

Therefore it comes to no surprise when a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official announced his support for the T20 World Cup to be held as scheduled in the last quarter of 2020.

“We (PCB) believe that unless there is a Covid-19 reason, this year’s Twenty20 World Cup should happen as scheduled,” Wasim said.

“So, Pakistan will support the idea of having the tournament this year. We will back Australia if they plan to go ahead but not at all costs. Players’ safety will have to come first,” he stressed.

Wasim did admit that having the T20 World Cup as planned (from October 18 to November 15) was going to be a huge logistical challenge for the organisers. “It’s certainly going to be a real logistical challenge,” he said.

“I mean there would be 16 teams competing in the event so you’ll need to devise plans to implement various necessary protocols like social distancing.”

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