AGENCIES, New Delhi: Following the postponement of all qualifying events for Associate members for the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2023 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided not even to deliberate the future of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) during its Board meeting on March 29. The game’s global body is still optimistic about holding this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia as per schedule – in October-November – but given the global spread of coronavirus, uncertainty remains.
The member nations of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be engaged in a video conference sometime today to discuss about contingency plans in the wake of global lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.
As per schedule, the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup is supposed to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.
However, Australia has imposed a blanket travel ban for all non-residents and non-citizens, which could be effective for six months or even more if the situation demands. And this uncertainty puts a question mark over the T20 World Cup, even though the tournament is still seven months away.
“We are monitoring the situation closely with relevant authorities and will continue to do so. We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled,” an event spokesperson told media when approached on the possibility.
Meanwhile, in a press release the ICC stated: “After careful evaluation of the current situation and with the health and well-being of the global cricket family the priority, all ICC qualifying events due to take place before 30 June will be postponed subject to further review. The decision has been taken in conjunction with Members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice.” This puts on hold eight qualifying tournaments involving Associate members.