T20 WC’s likely postponement will open door for IPL: Mark Taylor

The former Australia captain feels the likely postponement of the T20 World Cup could pave way for the IPL season which has currently been deferred indefinitely.

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor said if the IPL is favoured over T20 World Cup, it opens up negotiation opportunities for Cricket Australia with BCCI for the already-planned series Down Under.   -  Getty Images

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels the likely postponement of the T20 World Cup - to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 - amid the  Covid-19 pandemic could pave way for the IPL season which has currently been deferred indefinitely.

“I think that’s the most likely scenario (postponement of T20 World Cup) because 15 teams planning to come to Australia between October and November, 45 matches over a proposed seven venues, national travel is going to be extremely difficult in the world we are living in,” Taylor told Channel Nine Sports.

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“14 days of isolation before that makes it even harder. More than likely that event is not going ahead. So if the ICC decides to postpone the event that will open the door for the BCCI to say that 'we will have our IPL in India' which puts the onus back on individuals rather than nations moving whole teams over to a certain country.”

Taylor said if the IPL is favoured over T20 World Cup, it opens up negotiation opportunities for Cricket Australia with BCCI for the already-planned series Down Under.

“So that is certainly a possibility or probability. Cricket Australia will obviously want the T20 World Cup but at the same time will be working hard with India that if their players go there for IPL, they will want India to come to Australia for our summer of cricket next year,” Taylor said.

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“Cricket in a way is fortunate with the timing. They have now got some time to do some planning. I do not doubt that CA will now be thinking about IPL and not T20 World Cup. They want India in this country. That’s what they want and they are already talking about Adelaide Oval as a hub.”

Asked if it’s feasible to host the entire series in one venue, he said: “I think it is... if you have to pick one state you probably pick Adelaide. They have got a hotel attached to the ground.”

The Indian cricket team is scheduled to tour Australia from October 2020 to January 2021 for four Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is.

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