Cricket fans all over the world are waiting for ICC’s decision regarding the ICC T20 World Cup. The global event scheduled to take place in Australia later this year has been in deep waters amid COVID-19 outbreak. To make things even more uncertain the ICC is unlikely to decide anything on the mega event until mid of July.
Earlier this month, ICC had met for a board meeting via video conferencing but the topic of T20 World Cup wasn’t discussed. The member had a discussion only the timeline for the chairman’s election.
“There were good discussions on the chair process and it may be finalised in the next week or so,” an ICC official said.
ICC T20 World Cup hangs by the wire
The delay in taking a decision is proving detrimental to the BCCI. It is leaving them waiting know if it can try and stage the Indian Premier League late this year. BCCI who are confident of hosting the cash-rich league later this year is waiting for a final word from ICC regarding this matter.
Meanwhile, ECB chairman Colin Graves is most likely to take over from the incumbent chairman Shashank Manohar. There is also a possibility that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly contests the election if the supreme court doesn’t rule out the cooling-off period.
After the board meeting with the ICC, an official from the board said that they would continue to explore a number of contingency plans with regards to the T20 World Cup. They are also keen to execute the planning of the event in the prescribed window.
“We will continue exploring a number of contingency plans, whilst planning for delivery of the event in the scheduled window is ongoing.” said an ICC official.
Earlier this month Cricket Australia said pulling off the World T20 this year amid the pandemic is ‘unlikely’ and ‘unrealistic’. If the tournament goes ahead as per schedule then it would also open the stadiums for the crowds.