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Border says that if spectators can not be allowed in stadiums, the T20 World Cup must be cancelled

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Former Australia captain Allan Border has given thumbs down to Australia's concept of hosting the ICC T20 World Cup in empty stadiums following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Australian government has currently sealed its border for six months until September 30 to tackle the global health crisis that has claimed 61 lives and infected 6,400 in the country.

With the flagship event starting on October 18, there are speculations that Cricket Australia may be forced to conduct matches in empty stadiums, something the former World Cup-winning skipper can not accept.

"I can't just imagine playing in empty stadiums ... It defies belief, "he explained to Fox Sports News.

In fact, Border said that if spectators are not allowed inside the stadiums as the purpose of the sport is lost, he doesn't see the World T20 happen.

"Having teams, support staff and everyone else associated with the game that wanders around the country, playing cricket games, but you can't let people into the grounds. I just can't see that happening,' said Border.

It's either-or for Cricket Australia, for him. "Either you play it and everyone just gets on with the job and we're past this pandemic or it just needs to be cancelled and you're trying to fit it in somewhere else," the 64-year-old Border said.

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