Much gets made of the difficulty of winning Test series overseas, with few of the top teams able to break through and defeat opponents on their home soil.
A decision on whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) will go ahead in 2020 may come sooner rather than later.
This decision may well affect the ICC Twenty20 World Cup because it affects the availability of top-rate players, who may well opt to turn down representing their country to be ready for the IPL.
In this case, would the World Cup be even worth playing?
Who wants to watch any team without their top players?
Some teams will possibly have five or six of their top players out, such as Australia, England or even India. Players might choose to wait for the lucrative contracts that they have secured in the IPL.
The risk of injury in the World Cup tournament would be in the back of any player’s mind. Cricketers – like everyone in sport – only have a short time frame to make any money and an injury may well be detrimental to their lifestyle after their sporting careers have ended.
Not everyone who plays sport professionally is able to coach or commentate after their careers have ended.
Any contracted IPL player would need to seriously weigh up the pros and cons of playing in the World Cup if the IPL season starts after the World Cup.
Why even consider playing either of those tournaments this year is beyond belief now, with the current COVID-19 pandemic looking like it will stretch into next year.