Don't cancel T20 WC, bring teams in chartered flights: Hogg

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg feels his country should go all out to ensure that the T20 World Cup is held as scheduled even if it means bringing in teams a month in advance in chartered flights and testing all participating players for COVID-19.

The deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 1,20,000 people globally and placed countries under lockdown, has cast a shadow over the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.

Hogg said he is against the idea of a cancellation or postponement, and the organisers will have to take some proactive decisions to ensure the event’s smooth conduct.

“There is a lot of talk that the T20 World Cup in Australia could be cancelled or rescheduled to a later date. I don’t like that...But there are a few issues which we got to address,” the 49-year-old said in a video posted on his Twitter handle.

“A lot of players have been in lockdown. They haven’t been able to go out, train and prepare for a tournament such as the T20 World Cup. So we got to get them here a month, a month-and-a-half earlier than what we would have done in a normal situation,” he said.

He suggested that players should get tested before they board chartered flights to Australia.

“There are no commercial flights, so we have to have chartered flights... Before the players get on to the chartered flights, they all get tested.

“When they get to Australia they go into lockdown for two weeks. After the two week quarantine period they are tested again and if they pass the test they are free to go out, prepare and train,” he added.