Coronavirus: What’s at stake for cricket in 2020?



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    Nagraj GollapudiNews editor, ESPNcricinfo

      Nagraj Gollapudi is information editor at ESPNcricinfo

    With the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic presumably lasting a number of extra months, sports activities directors are on edge, with the showpiece occasion of the 12 months, the summer time Olympics in Tokyo, prone to be postponed. Cricket, which is performed all 12 months, has come to a standstill, too, for the primary time since World Warfare II.So what’s at stake for the sport, how a lot of will probably be hit? ESPNcricinfo takes a take a look at the main tournaments and collection which are scheduled for the rest of this 12 months, a lot of which is about to be affected by the pandemic.Indian Premier LeagueDates: Postponed till April 15Groups taking part: 8The IPL, initially meant to begin on March 29, was pushed again by the BCCI to April 15 after the Indian authorities put a ban on social gatherings along with limiting entry to the nation. The IPL, which began in 2008, has grown to develop into probably the most profitable cricketing occasion, and even has a separate window to permit the most effective cricketers to take part in it. The BCCI is known to have internally mentioned stretching the schedule to so far as first week of June – the ultimate was slotted for Could 24 initially – to carry an entire occasion topic to a nod from the Indian authorities.ALSO READ: Additionally connected to that is the destiny of the Ladies’s T20 Problem, that includes the highest girls’s cricketers from around the globe, which the BCCI had stated would have 4 groups this season. The competitors, which had began as a one-off exhibition affair in 2018, has now grown in stature and is a probable precursor to the ladies’s IPL.World Check ChampionshipDates: Began in July 2019, at present held upTeams taking part: 9The WTC acquired off the blocks instantly after the 2019 males’s 50-over World Cup. A event to be contested between the highest 9 Check-playing nations, the WTC was devised by the ICC as a marquee occasion culminating in a last between the highest two groups on the desk in June 2021 at Lord’s. A most of 120 factors per collection is at stake with every staff enjoying six collection – three at house and three away – within the interval. Nevertheless, whereas some groups have performed a fair proportion of their six collection, some groups are but to get began in earnest, and plenty of collection had been scheduled for the remainder of this 12 months.The next collection are prone to be affected in case no cricket is performed in 2020March: Sri Lanka v England – two TestsJune: England v West Indies – three TestsJuly-August: England v Pakistan – three TestsJuly: West Indies v South Africa – two TestsJuly: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka – three TestsAugust: Bangladesh v New Zealand – two TestsNovember-December: New Zealand v West Indies – three TestsDecember-January (2021): Australia v India – 4 TestsDecember-January (2021): New Zealand v Pakistan – two TestsALSO READ: ODI LeagueDates: Scheduled to begin on Could 1Teams taking part: 13Alongside the WTC, the ICC had additionally permitted the ODI League, to be performed between Could 1 this 12 months and March 31, 2022, which might function a qualification pathway for the 2023 males’s World Cup, to be performed in India. There could be 13 groups, together with the 12 Check-playing nations together with the Netherlands, that play eight collection over a two-year cycle on a home-and-away foundation towards mutually agreed opponents.The ICC is but to finalise the enjoying situations for the league, which it’s scheduled to do through the upcoming ICC Board conferences, scheduled over teleconference later this month.India (as hosts) plus the seven next-highest-ranked sides within the league as on March 31, 2022 will qualify instantly for the 2023 World Cup, whereas the underside 5 will get a second probability to make the grade via a qualifier.The ECB hopes to draw a extra numerous vary of followers to the Hundred Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesThe HundredDates: July 17 to August 15 (males’s); July 22 to August 14 (girls’s)Groups taking part: eight every for males and womenThe ECB is hoping their new format reaches audiences past the same old cricket fan, with reasonably priced tickets for households and the return of livine cricket to free-to-air TV. Lower down from 120 balls in a T20 innings to simply 100, it should match neatly inside a three-hour prime time TV slot, with among the world’s greatest stars set to function.Asia CupDates: Scheduled for SeptemberTeams taking part: 6This six-team occasion, contested by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is scheduled for September. Will probably be performed within the T20 format with the PCB enjoying host. Later this month, the Asian Cricket Council is prone to finalise the venue for the Asia Cup.Males’s T20 World CupDates: October 18 to November 15Groups taking part: 16After the profitable organisation of the ladies’s occasion, Australia is about to play hosts to the boys’s T20 World Cup later this 12 months too. Final November, six groups – Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Eire, Namibia, Scotland and Oman – made the minimize for the event after ending within the prime six of the qualifiers. These six, together with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will contest within the qualifying stage of the T20 World Cup. The highest 4 from that may progress to affix the top-eight groups to contest within the Tremendous12s stage, the place the groups have been break up into two teams.ICC Ladies’s ODI ChampionshipDates: Began in 2017 and scheduled to finish in 2020Groups taking part: 8The championship is the pathway via which the highest 4 groups on the factors desk qualify for the 2021 Ladies’s ODI World Cup, which will likely be performed between February 6 and March 7 in New Zealand. New Zealand qualify as hosts. The remaining three slots will likely be stuffed after a qualifier, which is scheduled for July in Sri Lanka.Australia, defending champions England, and South Africa have already booked their berths based mostly on the factors they’ve earned within the Championship. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies are the opposite groups within the fray. Primarily based on the factors earned to this point, India and Pakistan have the chance to qualify instantly.The next ODI Championship collection are prone to be affected in case no cricket is performed in 2020March: South Africa v AustraliaUnscheduled: New Zealand v Sri LankaUnscheduled: Pakistan v India

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