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Babar Azam said on Monday that he was praying the coronavirus pandemic would not scupper his first T20 World Cup

- 18 May, 2020 224 Views 0 Comment

Babar Azam praying pandemic wont scupper World Cup

"It will be my first World Cup as skipper so I am praying for it and keeping fingers crossed," Azam said in a virtual press conference.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss the event at its board meeting in Dubai next week. Azam said he would not mind if cricket was played in closed stadiums, without fans.


It would be tough to play without fans because they cheer along and back you up, but who knows better than [us] how to play without crowds, said Azam. Australia is due to host the seventh Twenty20 World Cup in October and November but organizers face challenges of providing appropriate biosecurity and quarantine measures for 15 international teams. Lingering travel restrictions could also hit the event, where 45 matches are scheduled to be played in seven cities.


We are now fourth in Twenty20, sixth in ODIs and seventh in Tests which is not acceptable and I want to see improvements in that, Azam said.