ICC to explore contingency plans for T20 World Cup until July before final call

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday said it will continue contingency planning for major tournaments, including the T20 World Cup and Women’s World Cup 2021, until July in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Even as speculations were rife that the T20 World Cup 2020, scheduled to be held between October 18 and November 15 in Australia, was set to be postponed, the global cricket body has said planning to host the tournaments as scheduled will continue.

The decision was taken after the ICC board members met via teleconference on Wednesday.

“The ICC Board today agreed to continue exploring a number of contingency plans regarding the future of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 until next month whilst planning for delivery of the events in the scheduled window is ongoing,” the ICC said in a statement.

“The Board expressed its desire to continue to assess and evaluate the rapidly changing public health situation caused by COVID-19 working with key stakeholders including governments to explore how the events can be staged to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.”

‘We only get one chance to make this decision’

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said the global body is looking to give itself the best possible opportunity to take the ‘right decision’.

“We will only get one chance to make this decision and it needs to be the right one and as such we will continue to consult with our Members, broadcasters, partners, governments and players and to ensure that we make a well informed decision,” Sawhney said.

The travel restrictions in Australia and across the rest of the world due to the novel coronavirus pandemic had cast doubts on T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to be held after a 4 year’s gap.

While Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts said the tournament schedule in under ‘very high risk’ due to the pandemic, it kept the window untouched while announcing fixtures for the home summer, starting with a Test match against Afghanistan in August. Recently, Australia sports minister Richard Colbeck told the Sportstar that the country is optimistic about hosting the T20 World Cup as scheduled.

BCCI wants clarity about T20 World Cup

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal urged the ICC to take a call on the T20 World Cup at the earliest to avoid confusion surrounding the arrangement of bilateral series.

“Because one would need clarity before one can plan. We’d see how it…

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