Several cricket fixtures in the 2020 calendar could be hurt by the coronavirus
One of the most followed games on the planet, cricket has been hit hard due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.
Several fixtures have been called off as part of the precautionary measures required to curb the spread.
What makes it even scarier is the fact that the current situation could prolong for several more months.
With cricket at standstill as of now, let’s take a look at some of the fixtures in 2020 that could be gravely affected in the wake of the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
World Test Championship
The World Test Championship kicked off soon after the conclusion of last year’s ODI World Cup and was stated to be held until June 2021.
The ongoing tournament features nine Test cricket-playing nations battling it out against each other.
Of this, the final two teams at the top of the table were supposed to clash against each other at the summit clash in Lords on June 2021.
Each team had to play a total of six matches altogether – three at home, three away with a reward of 120 points per series for the winner.
The following are the dates of series that were supposed to be held as part of the World Championships:
March: Sri Lanka vs England – 2 Tests (already postponed); June: England vs West Indies – 3 Tests; July-August: England vs Pakistan – 3 Tests; July: West Indies vs South Africa – 2 Tests; July: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka – 3 Tests; August: Bangladesh vs New Zealand – 2 Tests; November-December: New Zealand vs West Indies – 3 Tests; December-January (2021): Australia vs India – 4 Tests; December-January (2021): New Zealand vs Pakistan – 2 Tests.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
The eight-team T20 tournament was scheduled to be held from March 29 but has now been postponed by the BCCI.
This was done after the Indian government put a ban on all kinds of social gatherings and debarred entry for foreign nationals.
The 2020 IPL fixture list had also been released but that would need major changes now.
However, internal sources from the BCCI have said that the dates might get stretched until June, with the board waiting for a nod to complete the whole event from the government.
The ODI league was to be held from May this year until March 31, 2022. This was supposed to serve as a qualification tournament for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
There would be a total of 13 teams, including the 12 Test-playing countries along with the Netherlands.
They would play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home-and-away basis against mutually agreed opponents.
Meanwhile, the ICC is yet to finalise the dates of the matches with the coronavirus outbreak on the loose.
The 2020 Asia Cup was scheduled to start this September. The six nations to participate in the continental championship are India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
It will be interesting to see if the fixtures of the 2020 Asia Cup are also rescheduled.
Men’s T20 World Cup
One of the most widely awaited tournaments of the year was slated to begin from October 18 and played until November 15 in Australia.
The 16-nation tournament will witness eight teams facing each other in the qualifying stages before progressing into the main event.
ICC Women’s ODI Championship
The ICC Women’s ODI Championship is the final competition to be held this year featuring eight teams. A precursor to the 2021 Women’s ODI World Cup, the ODI Championship will witness the top-four qualifying for the world event.
The following ODI Championship series are likely to be affected in case no cricket is played in 2020: March: South Africa v Australia; Unscheduled: New Zealand v Sri Lanka; Unscheduled: Pakistan v India
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