Dakar: Faf du Plessis, the former captain of South Africa, said that despite the prevalence of the coronavirus, the isolation of athletes for two weeks before and after the 20th World Cup in 20 years may make it possible for this year to be held in Australia.
The game was originally scheduled to be held from October to November, but after the cancellation of other major sports events, the game still has uncertainties. 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 late Wednesday.
“Obviously Australia is not affected like other countries, but to get people from Bangladesh, South Africa 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 tournament ’s governing body, the International Cricket Committee, postponed the qualifiers for next year ’s Women ’s World Cup and the 2022 Under-19 World Cup.
Both are scheduled for July.
The ICC stated in April that the G20 World Cup plan is still proceeding as planned.
Du Plessis also talked about his team’s defeat to New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup semifinals.
“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.”