Wait-and-watch for ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s chief executives’ meeting via tele-conference on Thursday was more about exploring possibilities and discussing “contingency plans” than taking decisions.
Secretary Jay Shah represented the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the conference. Twelve full members and three associate Board representatives were present.
Shah is learnt to have taken a lead role and made it clear that the BCCI will come forward to help other member countries tide over this crisis.
The ICC medical committee’s opinion was also assessed and various scenarios were taken into consideration as to when cricket can be started.
Australia are scheduled to host this year’s T20 World Cup in October-November and remain confident of hosting this year’s edition. The ICC will wait till August before taking a final call.
“It’s difficult to decide anything now. No one knows how the situation will be in two/three months’ time. The number of coronavirus cases could spike or even decrease rapidly. It was a sort of stock taking on the impact of the pandemic,” a source told The Telegraph.
“The meeting heard updates from all attendees regarding the current situation in their own countries,” said an ICC release. “There was agreement that the disrupted FTP programme would need to be collectively reviewed through to 2023 with a view to rescheduling as much of cricket that has been postponed.”
ICC medical committee chairman Dr Peter Harcourt said: “The situation is rapidly evolving and full of significant risk as there is still a lot to learn about Covid-19 which can make decision making difficult. The ICC medical committee is working with member medical representatives to build a comprehensive picture of the issues cricket is facing.
“Our next step is to create a roadmap for the resumption of international cricket.”