"There is very little point in having the T20 World Cup under such conditions and it's right that the ICC is taking its time to carefully deliberate the rescheduling of this event. If we recall, back in 1992, the World Cup took place as late as March in Australia so there is plenty of time for the ICC to reschedule the T20 World Cup.
"I feel the best way forward for the ICC would be to let all the sides know that the tournament is being deferred to March 2021 to allow them to prepare in advance. If God forbid, the coronavirus pandemic is still a threat at that time then the tournament can be delayed further as playing a World Cup in front of empty stadiums would be a travesty," he added.
Sohail also expressed his dismay regarding the ban of use of saliva to shine match balls put forward by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
"I do believe that the ICC technical committee should have done a better job of taking decisions to help the game at this point in time.
"I specifically refer to the ban on using saliva to shine the ball which will have a huge affect on the ability of bowlers to swing the ball.
"Now saliva by nature is heavier than sweat and it does help in making the ball a little heavier on one side and it also has some enzymes which help in lubricating and providing shine to the ball.
"With this ability to shine the ball taken away, the ICC should have considered other means of helping the bowlers such as allowing the new ball to be taken after 60 overs instead of the current limit of 80 overs. In addition, the use of artificial saliva which is used for people who are diabetic could have been explored as well. If we are asking players to risk their lives by playing cricket during the coronavirus pandemic, then it makes no sense for the ICC technical committee to pay scant regard to making the game even in terms of the ball and bat," said the 53-year old who has played 47 Tests and 156 ODIs for Pakistan.
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