Faf du Plessis suggests two-week quarantine before and after T20 World Cup
Faf du Plessis has suggested quarantining players for two weeks before and after the ICC T20 World Cup in order to make the tournament a reality this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Global cricket has been at a standstill for the past couple of months with concerns rising over the feasibility of going ahead with the 20-over showpiece event set to be hosted by Australia in October.
Border restrictions and fears over the spread of the virus has led to the cancellation of major sporting competitions leading to doubts over the T20 World Cup as well.
"I read that travelling is going to be an issue for lots of countries," du Plessis admitted in a conversation with veteran Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal in a Facebook Live session.
"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."
The ICC is pondering over the contingency plans available at the moment in case the high-profile tournament is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The game's governing body recently postponed qualifiers for next year's women's World Cup and the 2022 Under-19 World Cup, though it has communicated its willingness to continue with the T20 World Cup in 2020.
Du Plessis, who stepped down from his captaincy post in February, also reflected upon the heartbreak caused by the defeat to New Zealand in the dramatic 2015 World Cup semi-final clash.
The top-order batsman was his side's highest scorer in the first innings before the Black Caps reigned supreme in a nerve-wracking contest that went right down to the wire. New Zealand managed to secure a berth in the final on the penultimate delivery of the match against the Proteas courtesy of Grant Elliott's extraordinary strokeplay.
"I've never been that much broken about a cricket match," du Plessis said.
"That game specifically I have never seen so many grown men absolutely broken. Like half the team was crying and you know South Africans, we act like we are hard guys."