The ICC’s influential board on Friday discussed various contingency plans for its major tournament, including the T20 World Cup and the World Test Championship, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The impressive Board of International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday discussed various contingency plans for its major tournament, including the T20 World Cup and the World Test Championship, in view of the COVID-19 epidemic.
On behalf of the Cricket Board of India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly participated in this meeting through video conference, while it was being speculated that the former chairman of the board will participate in it.
Sports activities have come to a standstill due to the COVID-19. Many bilateral Test series under the World Test Championship is also expected to be canceled. The ICC release stated, ‘The impact of the Games on the world stage due to the epidemic was discussed.’ No decision was made on the tournament to be moved forward or the change in their dates.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, ‘ICC management will continue to work on emergency plans for ICC competitions. In addition, it will continue to work with member countries to consider all available options based on the various circumstances associated with this epidemic. ‘
A board member was asked what would happen if England could not host Pakistan and the West Indies ..? He said that the matter of distributing marks will be assigned to the technical committee. The representative of the member states told PTI on the condition of confidentiality, “This cannot happen until an amicable solution is reached.
It may be that India played 6 series and topped the table and England could play only 3 series due to the ‘lockdown’ and FTP (Future Tour Schedule). A proper solution has to be found for the distribution of marks and this matter should be referred to the technical committee. ‘
Some board members feel that there is no threat to the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, as October is far away. A senior official said, “If things come under control by June, then we can work on a special emergency plan”. Right now the ICC is working on several schemes and in the coming days, it will bring its proposals to the fore.
The board also approved the financial statements for 2019 and the final accounts of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2019 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019. The local organizing committee was also thanked for the successful conduct of the Women’s T20 World Cup.