- Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo is raring for this yr’s T20 World Cup in Australia to go forward.
- For the previous three months, worldwide cricket has been suspended with the primary worldwide fixture scheduled to happen on eight July
- Phehlukwayo is aware of that it will be robust for cricketers to adapt to the brand new guidelines.
Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo is hopeful that the T20 World Cup in Australia will proceed as deliberate later this yr.
The T20 World Cup, which is about to happen from 18 October to 15 November, is beneath menace attributable to coronavirus-related journey restrictions.
Earlier this month, Cricket Australia chairperson Earl Eddings revealed that staging the event this yr is “unrealistic”.
Australia, who’ve simply over 7 000 coronavirus circumstances, have had success in containing the virus, which has seen the Nationwide Rugby League return to motion.
In the meantime, again dwelling there are over 100 000 coronavirus circumstances in South Africa with worldwide journey nonetheless suspended.
The Durban-based Phehlukwayo mentioned that he’s nonetheless desirous to play on this yr’s T20 World Cup however will perceive if the event will get cancelled.
“On a private notice, I am very optimistic that the World Cup does nonetheless occur,” Phehlukwayo advised Sport24 in a Zoom interview.
“I need this event to occur, particularly after we have all had a yr like this. This (event) could possibly be seen as a reward for us to compete and for individuals to look at a very aggressive event.
“If it does not occur due to security measures, I will perceive as it is a severe factor that should not be taken calmly. So many individuals’s lives have been taken away from this virus.”
The first ODI between Australia and New Zealand on 13 March 2020 was the final worldwide fixture performed earlier than the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Nevertheless, the wait is lastly over as West Indies tour England subsequent month with the primary Check scheduled to get underway on eight July in Southampton.
The Indian Premier League, the most important T20 league on this planet, has been postponed with no new date revealed.
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Earlier this month, Cricket South Africa unveiled an occasion known as the Solidarity Cup with a purpose to get reside cricket again in SA.
The Solidarity Cup was scheduled to happen this Saturday, 27 June however was postponed with no new date introduced.
Phehlukwayo will play for the Eagles crew, which is captained by Proteas ODI captain Quinton de Kock.
The Proteas all-rounder is happy to get again on the sector however admitted that the brand new ICC guidelines will take some time to get used to.
“I believe at first it will likely be robust to get used to however we going to must adapt,” mentioned the 24-year-old.
“As knowledgeable sportsman, you are at all times thrown within the deep finish and you must adapt. I believe it isn’t going to be straightforward and there will be numerous frustrations for us gamers to mentally settle for it however we now have to know that that is how issues are going to must work to maintain us secure.
“Once we do get used to it, it will be fairly enjoyable and difficult and aggressive once more.”