Dubai: The ICC in its board assembly on Wednesday determined to ‘wait and watch earlier than deciding on the destiny of the 2020 version of the T20 World Cup as it would maintain assessing the scenario earlier than taking a name on the showpiece occasion that’s scheduled to be held in Australia later this yr.
The destiny of the showpiece occasion has been beneath the scanner within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has seen the ICC and CA work time beyond regulation to attempt to be certain that the event is held as per schedule. The occasion was scheduled to be held Down Beneath from October 18 to November 15.
The ICC launch stated: “The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) Board at the moment agreed to proceed exploring quite a lot of contingency plans concerning the way forward for the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2020 and the ICC Ladies’s Cricket World Cup 2021 till subsequent month while planning for supply of the occasions within the scheduled window is ongoing.
“The Board expressed its want to proceed to evaluate and consider the quickly altering public well being scenario brought on by COVID-19 working with key stakeholders together with governments to discover how the occasions could be staged to guard the well being and security of everybody concerned.
“This contingency planning course of will consider well being and security, cricket, accomplice and host issues making certain any choice taken is in the most effective pursuits of the game, its members and followers.”
ICC Chief Government Manu Sawhney stated: “The scenario surrounding the worldwide pandemic is evolving quickly and we need to give ourselves the very best alternative to make the appropriate choice for the entire sport. The well being and well-being of everybody concerned is our precedence and different issues fall out from that.
“We’ll solely get one probability to make this choice and it must be the appropriate one and as such we’ll proceed to seek the advice of with our members, broadcasters, companions, governments and gamers and to make sure that we make a well-informed choice.”
Whereas the ICC has repeatedly stated that contingency planning was on, it was revealed earlier than the Could 28 assembly that Cricket Australia had said their lack of ability to host the occasion this yr.
Of their letter, Cricket Australia had additionally recommended that Australia be handed rights to hosts the 2021 version of the T20 World Cup as an alternative of suspending this yr’s version to 2022. Curiously, the 2021 version rights are with India and as per BCCI officers, they’re in no temper to trade the internet hosting rights.
The ICC has additionally given the BCCI time until December to get the required tax exemption to host the 2021 T20 World Cup within the nation after initially refusing to agree to increase the deadline.
“The board discussed 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,” the discharge stated.
As for the impartial investigation that was known as for over the past assembly after studies had been leaked within the media, the discharge stated: “The board received an update on the independent investigation into the confidentiality of board matters. The enquiry, which is being led by the ICC Ethics Officer, will be supported administratively by a sub-group of the board comprising Independent Director Indra Nooyi and Chair of the F&CA Ehsan Mani. All members of the board and ICC management are parties to the enquiry.”
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