Wednesday, 1 December 2021

T20 World Cup: Don’t host it in India if it’s not safe, says Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins – File Photo

MELBOURNE – Australian pace spearhead Pat Cummins believes if hosting the ICC T20 World Cup amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic is a ‘drain on Indian resources’ or is ‘unsafe’, it would be prudent to shift it to the UAE.

The postponement of Indian Premier League after multiple cases of Covid-19 inside the bio-bubble has led to a big question-mark on whether the marquee ICC event should be held in India where a third wave is expected around that time.

“If it’s going to be a drain on resources or it’s not going to be safe, then I don’t think it’s right to play it over here. That’s the first question which needs to be answered,” Cummins was quoted as saying by The Age newspaper.

Cummins said cricket authorities should check with Indian government and do what’s best.

“It probably too early to say. It’s six months away. The priority should be for cricket authorities to work with the Indian government to see what’s best for the Indian people,” Cummins said.

Cummins feels hindsight always provides better perspective like many who feel that IPL could have been held in UAE this time also.

“The IPL in the UAE last year was brilliant, it was really well run, but millions of people were saying it should have been played in India, so what do you do? You can see both sides. They set up this tournament with all the best advice.”

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