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Round-Up: T20 World Cup announcement, Vietnam eyeing November Grand Prix, Victoria’s sports exodus, and more

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: New South Wales Minister for Sport John Sidoti MP and ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO, Nick Hockley (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

After months of speculation, the Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup is reportedly set to be postponed this week. Australian media reports say an official announcement will be made on Friday. Last month, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings admitted, “It’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” for the T20 World Cup to proceed this year with 16 international squads – News.com.au

Japan’s professional baseball and football leagues will begin allowing fans back into stadiums this week. Football and baseball officials said the first day with fans will be July 10. The maximum number will be 5,000 or 50 per cent of the stadium capacity, whichever is smaller – Asahi Shimbun

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is preparing to tender for a kit supplier, ahead of the expiry of its deal with Nike in September. It is considering an asking price of Rs6.1m ($118,000/€104,000) per match, a reduction on the Rs8.8m that Nike pays – Times of India

The announcement that the NSW-Victoria border will close due to Melbourne’s worsening Covid-19 outbreak has forced Melbourne’s three A-League clubs to relocate to NSW for this month’s season restart. Meanwhile Supercars has confirmed its Victorian-based teams will also relocate to NSW. All Victorian Supercars teams hit the road on Monday in a scramble to enter NSW before midnight – AAP

Vietnam could host the country’s first Formula One Grand Prix in late November, the ruling body of its capital city said. The Vietnam Grand Prix was initially due to take place in Hanoi on April 5 but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Vietnam has not reported a domestic transmission of the virus for almost three months – CNA/Reuters

The Pakistan Cricket Board have confirmed an updated schedule of its men’s national cricket team’s tour of England, which will comprise three Tests and as many T20Is. The Pakistan cricket team has been in England since June 29 for its 14-day quarantine period On July 13, the side will travel to Derbyshire before arriving in Manchester on August 1. The opening Test will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester, from August 5-9 – The Nation

Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will be playing for Japanese Top League side NTT Shining Arcs when the season begins next year. “At last year’s Japan World Cup I was able to experience the culture and meet wonderful fans,” Laidlaw said in a statement. “Every time I have visited Japan, I was welcomed with a wonderful hospitality.”Laidlaw joins a host of top international players in Japan, headlined by New Zealand’s Beauden BarrettJapan Times

Former manager of Wigan Athletic Roberto Martinez is leading calls for an investigation into the decision to place the EFL club in administration. The Belgium national team manager does not believe the timing of the decision by Wigan’s owners to go into administration was “normal” – CAN/AFP

French Open organisers are taking every precaution to ensure the Grand Slam does not meet the same fate as Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour, which was abandoned after several players tested positive for Covid-19. Tournament director Guy Forget said: “Maybe some people were overconfident there.” – Reuters

A final decision on the venues for the 2026 World Cup being jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico has been significantly delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak. Fifa’s chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith said they had initially hoped to finalise venues by spring 2021 but that timeline was based on having started the process in March and conducting two rounds of inspection visits by year end – Straits Times