ICC will host CEC meeting with all full and associate members on April 23. The intention of the meeting is to check the pandemic’s impact on cricket and the way forward.
The International Cricket Council has called for the Chief Executives’ Committee meeting with 12 full and three associate members on April 23 to discuss the COVID-19 situation and its impact on the game. The increasing number of cases globally has affected a lot of ongoing tournaments along with the big ones like the 13th season of Indian Premier League. Some major upcoming series and tournaments have been postponed for the indefinite period. In fact, the current situation has raised doubts over the fate of the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia at the later part of this year.
The agenda of this meeting will have key pointers like taking into consideration the government advice for different countries while discussing the way forward. The rescheduling of the temporarily called-off series, as well as the World Test Championship and Cricket World Cup Super League, will be discussed too. The ICC T20 World Cup later this year will be the major focus albeit as mentioned above.
Today a source told Times of India about ICC’s planning of taking a call of the World Cup in August. As we already know that Australia’s borders will be sealed till the end of September which is the venue for the showpiece event. On the same line, the ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney told, “In relation to ICC events, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, we will continue to take advice from experts and authorities, including the Australian government. We will utilise all of the data and information available to us to ensure we can take responsible decisions around all competitions at an appropriate time that are in the best interests of our sport.”
Sawhney stressed on the public safety and further added, “The scale of this task should not be underestimated and will encompass a myriad of factors until the public health situation has improved to a point that it is safe for our players, our employees, our fans and in a way that will not impact the public health situation adversely.”