The ICC T20 World Cup is a tournament held every two years – there was even an occasion when it was held within a gap of a year. However, the situation the world faces itself with right now is such that the tournament will now be held only after 5.5 years from its previous edition.
The 2020 version of the tournament has been officially postponed by a year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One year is a long, long time in international cricket, particularly in the shortest format of the game where the form is fickle. The nature of the format is such that players who were confident of featuring in the 2020 edition might not necessarily make it to 2021 one.
some of the players whose plans might – or might not! – be affected.
MS Dhoni,Dwayne Bravo,Chris Gayle,AB de Villiers,Lasith Malinga,Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez
India now have more time to get their middle order sorted. They have been having issues beyond the top 3 in white-ball cricket, and the postponement allows them to try out more options. Current ones like Shreyas Iyer face a challenge of maintaining/upping their game, while others get more time to stake a claim for spots. It’s likely that we’ll see two IPLs in a short duration, which should throw up more options for the Indian team as well.
Apart from the younger players, a few veterans too could welcome the postponement. Players like Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and Krunal Pandya, who were in the scheme of things at different times in the past, will look at the future with optimism.