About six and half months are left for the T20 World Cup of 2020 to take place in Australia. While the world is swept away with apprehensions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with many popular sports events being postponed or canceled, the organizing committee for the world cup is holding on to its optimism.
As of now, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is adopting the wait-and-watch policy and has stated that it is quite early to predict the happening of the premier ICC event. It, however, holds to be fairly optimistic and hope for the pandemic to get resolved at the earliest possible.
The T20 World cup is to be kick-started on October 18 (Sri Lanka vs. Ireland) in Simonds stadium of Geelong, with the two semi-finale rounds scheduled on November 11 in Sydney and on November 12 in Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, and the finale has been scheduled to be held on November 15 in Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne. The ICC has also planned a reserve day for the finals to take place in case of any delay caused due to rain.
There is also excitement regarding the possible return of AB de Villiers from his international retirement to play for this year’s scheduled T20 World cup. For the same, Villiers has expressed his willingness to play and has got in touch with the new support staff and the captain regarding any possibility who is also keen on making the same happen. However, the former batsman has also admitted to the fact that drafting him back in the team would not be a simple process.
The head coach of the South African cricket team Mark Boucher has also gone to on state in a press conference that he only wants his best players to place the foot forward in the field during the world cup and if Villiers happens to be one of it, the conversations would be carried forward. The CSA has enough time to make an informed decision regarding the same as of now.
However, Villiers has come out to state that he can only be looking into near future and six months is a time too long in order to accurately predict. His comeback might come to a halt despite green signals from the authorities owing to the pandemic situation or potential health issues, especially his chronic back conditions which have kept him off-field in the past.