Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis wants players to conduct a two-week period of quarantine prior and after this year’s T20 World Cup to allow for a safe completion of the competition in Australia.
The effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic has raised a lot of uncertainty surrounding whether the seventh instalment of the event will go ahead as planned.
A lot of major sporting competitions around the world have been postponed due to coronavirus, while the same could apply to the T20 World Cup due to start in October.
But, Du Plessis, who won’t lead his team into the competition following his resignation as Proteas captain in February, believes a strongly monitored self-isolation system could be the answer.
‘I read that travelling is going to be an issue for lots of countries,’ said Du Plessis during a Facebook Live chat with Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal on Wednesday.
‘Obviously, Australia is not affected like other countries, but to get people from Bangladesh, South Africa or India where there is more danger with the virus, obviously it’s a health risk to them.
‘But you can actually go in before the tournament [for] two weeks’ isolation and then play the tournament and afterwards, two weeks’ isolation.’
In March Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Robertson said they are still going ahead with preparations as originally planned and that the country is hopeful of accommodating a safe cricket environment.
‘None of us are experts in this situation, obviously, so our hope is that we’re back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played.’
Australia have since relaxed some of its economic restrictions as the government continues to make strides in controlling the pandemic.