CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 23: A view of the ground during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between England and Scotland at Hagley Oval on February 23, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The ICC Twenty20 world cup could be played without fans as the governing body is coming to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the World Cup not being played until October and the final being played in November, it has forced discussions that the World Cup could be played behind closed doors as one of the contingency plans in a bid to keep the event alive.

With strict travel restrictions and quarantine periods expected to be in place until October, it has provided a problem for the 16 team competition.

“I just can’t imagine playing at empty stadiums … it defies belief,” Allan Border told Fox Sports.

“Having teams, support staff and everyone else associated with the game wandering around the country, playing games of cricket, but you can’t let people into the grounds. I just can’t see it happening.

“It’s either you play it and everyone just gets on with the job and we’re past this pandemic.
“Or it just has to be cancelled and you try to fit it in somewhere else.”