Dubai, Apr 20: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said it will host a Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) meeting via conference call on Thursday to discuss the World Test Championship and ODI league.
They will also receive an update on the continuing contingency planning for all ICC global events, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. The meeting, which will bring together the CEOs of the 12 Full Members and the three Associate Representatives, will provide an opportunity for the CEC to collectively consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sport. The purpose of the meeting is to gain a full understanding of Member priorities during this time and to discuss and share the key mitigation factors required to resume international cricket based on government advice in each territory.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: "This meeting is the first step of a collective process as we assess the impact of this ongoing global pandemic and work together so the sport can emerge from it in a strong position. We need to share knowledge and start to build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket. "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 utilize 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. "Countries will start to reopen at different stages and in different ways and we will need to respect that and have a holistic view of this to enable us to take well-informed decisions that mitigate the various risks as much as possible."
"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," said he. Meanwhile, South Africa's Sri Lanka tour where they were scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is, in June was on Monday postponed due to coronavirus outbreak. Similarly a spate of series and tournaments, including the IPL 2020, Australia tour of Bangladesh and Bangladesh's tour of Ireland have been postponed indefinitely. (UNI)