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ICC T20 World Cup 2020: Kumar Sangakkara says one option is to cancel it

By Pti
Kumar Sangakkara

Bengaluru, May 31: Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara feels that one of the options is to cancel the T20 World Cup this year as many questions around the coronavirus pandemic remain "unanswered".

Sangakkara, who is the president of the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), feels the situation needs to be monitored.

In its meeting on Thursday (May 28), the ICC deferred a decision on the fate of the showpiece in Australia till June 10, while continuing to explore contingency plans amid a ranging pandemic that has derailed calendars worldwide.

"Everyday, there are new learnings, new things being found out, so we will have to wait and see, but the options may be to cancel it this year, postpone it to another year, but to have in place anticipatory procedures that take into account health and safety of both the players and the spectators, and make sure that's iron clad," he said.

Sangakkara said there are many unanswered questions around the pandemic, which has brought sporting activity across the world to a grinding halt.

"The real thing is what's going to happen with the virus. Is it going to disappear like SARS and MERS, or is this something that's going to come back seasonally?

"Will we have to live with this particular virus or different strains of it from time to time or do we have to live with it long term?" Sangakkara asked on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'.

T20 World Cup: ICC defers decision to June 10

The former Sri Lanka captain added, "If that's the case, then some of the changes that we have seen in our lives now, may be the new normal for us for a few years until a vaccine is found or until there's enough immunity globally among the people to withstand this.

"So, those are really questions that I don't think anyone can answer at the moment. We will get more clarity as time goes by."

Sangakkara said he can imagine sitting for a meeting around the ICC table and trying to find answers to all such questions.

"So, I can imagine sitting around a table for the ICC, trying to understand, consulting with experts to understand what's going on.

"And more so, the questions that a lot of us have in our minds have still not been answered by the top most experts in the world," he concluded.

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Story first published: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 9:36 [IST]
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