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Allan Border can't imagine T20 World Cup without fans


MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Allan Border said on Tuesday he can't even imagine the prospect of internet hosting this yr's Twenty20 World Cup at empty stadiums because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The well being crisis, which has brought about commute restrictions and quarantine classes in international locations around the globe, has clouded the outlook for the structure's flagship tournament, which is scheduled to begin in Geelong on October 18.

The thought of enjoying in empty stadiums to present cricket-starved fanatics are living action on television has discovered some backing but the 64-year-old Border isn't keen on the idea that, particularly for a World Cup.

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"I just can't imagine playing at empty stadiums ... it defies belief," he told Fox Sports News.

"Having teams, reinforce personnel and everybody else related to the game wandering around the nation, enjoying video games of cricket, but you'll be able to't let people into the grounds. I simply cannot see it taking place.

"It's both you play it and everybody just will get on with the job and we are past this pandemic.

"Or it just has to be cancelled and you try to fit it in somewhere else," said Border, who led Australia to their first 50-overs World Cup victory in 1987.


All-rounder Glenn Maxwell expressed an identical sentiments on the weekend.


"It's going to be hard for us to justify having a World Cup when we can't get people into the grounds," Maxwell told ABC Grandstand.


"So I can't see it happening in the near future."


The governing International Cricket Council and native organisers are operating on contingency plans but expect the tournament to move ahead as planned.


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