ICC continue to explore contingency plans for T20 World Cup
The International Cricket Council has confirmed it will assess the constantly evolving coronavirus situation before making a final decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup in Australia this year.
As the ICC Board met via video conference on Wednesday, it has decided to wait and watch while mulling over a number of contingency plans regarding the future of the marquee event.
The decision on the T20 World Cup and the Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 has been delayed until next month with the ICC "working with key stakeholders including governments to explore how the events can be staged".
The contingency planning process will focus on several alternatives on the table including the possibility of postponing the tournament to next year or shifting the venue to neighbouring New Zealand, which has managed to eradicate COVID-19.
The ICC has reiterated its commitment to taking the decision that is in the best interests of the sport, Member nations and fans.
“The situation surrounding the global pandemic is evolving rapidly and we want to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to make the right decision for the whole sport. The health and well-being of everyone involved is our priority and other considerations fall out from that," ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said.
“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.”
The ICC also touched upon the ongoing issue of tax exemptions required for ICC events and agreed to extend the deadline given to the BCCI to provide a tax solution to December 2020.
India is expected to host the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup and the 2023 World Cup and the tax exemptions concern these events.
Additionally, the ICC Board received an update on the independent investigation into problems related to confidentiality. The enquiry led by the ICC Ethics Officer is being supported administratively by a sub-group of the Board that has Independent Director Indra Nooyi and Chair of the F&CA Ehsan Mani.
The issue of alleged leaks from the governing board formed a major part of the discussion between the ICC top brass last month. The Board is keen on rooting out the source of these confidentiality breaches.