Faf du Plessis proposes a strategy to save the T20 World Cup
Competition can take place if players are quarantined before and after the event, former skipper says
Dhaka — Former SA skipper Faf du Plessis said quarantining players for two weeks before and after the Twenty20 World Cup could allow it to take place in Australia in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament is due to be played in October-November but there is uncertainty after the cancellation of other big sporting events. Some countries have also grounded international flights.
“I read that travelling is going to be an issue for lots of countries,” Du Plessis said during a live conversation on Facebook with Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal.
“Obviously Australia is not affected like other countries, but to get people from Bangladesh, SA or India where there is more danger with the virus, obviously it’s a health risk to them.
“But you can actually go in before the tournament [for] two weeks’ isolation and then play the tournament and afterwards, two weeks’ isolation.”
The game’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday postponed qualifiers for the 2021 women’s World Cup and the 2022 Under-19 World Cup. Both were due to be held in July.
The ICC said in April that planning for the T20 World Cup was still going ahead as scheduled.
Du Plessis also spoke about his team’s heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup semifinal.
“I’ve never been that much broken about a cricket match,” he said. “That game specifically I have never seen so many grown men absolutely broken. Like half the team was crying and you know South Africans, we act like we are hard guys.”