ICC defers deliberation on T20 World Cup and other agenda items to June 10
The International Cricket Council board meeting on Thursday failed to see any decision being made on the future of the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in October-November.
Instead, the brief discussion amongst the apex cricket body's top brass centered on concerns relating to confidentiality breaches.
Disturbed by the issue of alleged leaks from the governing board, the ICC has decided to "immediately initiate an independent investigation led by the ICC’s Ethics Officer and supported by global experts".
"A number of Board members had raised their concerns over this issue recently and felt it required immediate attention to ensure the sanctity and confidentiality of Board matters in line with the highest standards of governance," the ICC media release further added.
Meanwhile, the discussion on matters regarding the feasibility of holding the T20 World Cup this year has been deferred to June 10.
Doubts linger over the fate of the marquee event in light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which poses major logistical challenges to tournament organisers. Although the ICC has repeatedly declared its eagerness to continue planning for the showpiece competition, they are now mulling over different alternatives as the prospects look increasingly bleak.
"The Board also requested the ICC management continue with their discussions with stakeholders in exploring various contingency options in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the COVID 19 virus," the ICC statement read.
Another important topic that is bound to be debated during the June 10 meeting is the process of electing the new ICC chairman after incumbent Shashank Manohar said he is not seeking an extension to his two-year term.
The ICC will also have to figure out changes in the international calendar owing to the virus-enforced break from the game. Several series have been postponed over the past couple of months leading to a likely condensed schedule in order to honour commitments in the Future Tours Programme.