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ICC T20 World Cup 2020 could be deferred till next year: Graeme Smith

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Amidst global pandemic when cricket governing bodies are planning out to resume the game and make up for the lost season and matches, CSA Director Graeme Smith thinks the showpiece ICC T20 World Cup 2020 could be deferred till next year.

Graeme smith in a discussion with Sports24 said that there’s a very good chance to shift the World Cup to 2021 as a number of matches proposed to be played before the T20 WC have vanished.

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“The hope was that we would have 14 T20 games before the world cup in October and that’s not going to happen anymore. There’s a very good chance it’s going to be shifted into the beginning of next year, so we’ll have to consistently asses.” Sports24 quoted CSA director as saying.

Explaining further, Graeme said when even the bilateral fixtures are getting postponed or cancelled, you can’t be so sure for World Cup.

He said that Proteas tours of West Indies which would be followed by India tour are under threat posed by COVID-19 and hence the preparations for the T20 WC have obviously been affected.

We’ll have to assesses players quickly

Graeme Smith added that despite the games lost, the coaches and support staffs will have to assess the in-form players quickly who can further participate in the multi-level tournament.

“I think the key at the moment, across the board from players to coaches and operational staffs, is to try and make sure that we’re ready for the when the opportunity arises to play cricket again and then we will have to assess player quickly,” added the South Africa director.

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