Australia opener David Warner is not very optimistic regarding this year’s T20 World Cup in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of now, cricket around the world is currently suspended due to the pandemic. A number of international and domestic events have been called off.
And the way things are unfolding at the moment, it looks like the tournaments which are still a few months away could get affected too. As a result, there are doubts over this year’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in Australia in October-November.
And while only time will tell the fate of the competition, David Warner believes that the chances are very slim. In the wake of the outbreak, Australia have sealed its borders for six months till September 30 to deal with the crisis. It is one of the main reasons behind the apprehension over the tournament.
“The ICC World Cup will not go ahead here by the looks of it. It will be difficult to get everyone (16 teams) together,” said David Warner in an Instagram live session with India batsman Rohit Sharma.
Before the pandemic suspended cricket all around the globe, David Warner was part of the last international match that took place – the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand which was played behind closed doors at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Calling the experience of playing without crowd surreal, David Warner said the match felt like a practice game.
“It was a bizarre experience. You could only hear echo of cricket ball. It was bizarre. We are used to calling ‘yes and no’ while running between wickets but we did not need to do that. It was literally like playing a warm-up game. It was surreal. I don’t know for how long you can sustain that. You gain your momentum from home crowd,” said the Australia opener.