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Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has said the logistical challenge of keeping 16 teams in a bio-secure bubble to limit the risk of COVID-19 makes staging the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia this year "impossible".
The governing International cricket Council (ICC) is exploring contingency plans but has deferred a decision on the tournament until July.
While Australia has slowed novel coronavirus infections to a trickle, cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings said on Tuesday any expectations that the tournament would go ahead as planned in October-November were "unrealistic".
Mani, an ICC board member, said in a virtual media briefing on Wednesday that the Australian government was still being "very cautious" about the COVID-19 risk.
"If it is played this year they will likely insist it happens in a bio-bubble," he said.
"This is okay for one or two teams but when 12-16 teams play in a T20 tournament, it becomes an impossible thing. I don't think it is feasible today that there is any ICC event in 2020."
Mani expected the tournament to be rescheduled to 2021, with the edition scheduled for next year in India moved to 2022.
"ICC events were supposed to happen in 2020, 2021 and 2023. The gap in the middle can be filled and this will be deferred," he said.
"That is where the talk is headed towards. What event will happen first and where, those talks are happening."
The Indian board has said it was premature to talk about the possible rescheduling of the 2021 edition.
Karachi: Karachi Kings defeated Quetta Gladiators by seven wickets in the opening match the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday. Arshad Iqbal was the wrecker-in-chief as he accounted for the three dismissals, conceding only 16 runs in his three overs to help Kings set up a thumping win in the first match and set the tone for the tournament.
"It is sad to lose an expert of the stature and experience of Younis Khan,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement on Tuesday. "Following a series of discussions, we both have reluctantly but mutually and amicably agreed that it was time to move in different directions.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board also said that the Indian cricket board has once again breached international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game by interfering in the internal affairs of the ICC Members as the KPL has been given approval by the Pakistan board.
Pakistan are pinning their hopes for World Cup glory on a crop of youngsters who have the talent to beat anybody but could also pay for their lack of experience. The side have only won the showpiece 50-over tournament once -- under the captaincy of current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in 1992.
Mumbai will look to bounce back from the disappointment of their defeat against Chennai Super Kings in the last match when they take on Kolkata knight riders in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
In July, Imran Khan had categorically stated that he would not allow the US to use Pakistan as a base for its Afghan operations and the statement had caused quite a stir.
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