Gavaskar says India could host T20 World Cup

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Batting great Sunil Gavaskar said India could host this year’s Twenty20 (T20) World Cup instead of Australia if the coronavirus crisis eases in the subcontinent.

With India set to host the 2021 edition, Gavaskar suggested swapping with Australia – which has indefinitely barred almost all non-residents from entering the country – and holding this year’s tournament instead.

Australia is scheduled to stage the World Cup from October 18 to November 15, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it is “exploring all options” for the tournament.

“As we all know, Australia has barred foreigners from entering the country… The tournament starts mid-October so it is looking difficult at the moment,” Gavaskar told India Today.

“Next year’s T20 World Cup is in India. If India and Australia come to an agreement and in case the (COVID-19) curve in India flattens out, they can swap.

“It can be held in India this October-November and in Australia October-November next year.”

Gavaskar added that the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 tournament, indefinitely postponed from its March 29 start, could be held just before the World Cup.