Dubai, Apr 23: The ICC chief executives on Thursday came to an agreement that the disrupted Futures Tours and Programmes (FTP) would need to be collectively reviewed through to 2023 with a view to rescheduling as much of the cricket that has taken a hit due to COVID-19 pandemic.
"During the call, the CEOs of the 12 Full Members and three Associate representatives confirmed their full commitment to work in partnership to address the challenges the sport will face in the coming weeks and months. The meeting heard updates from all attendees regarding the current situation in their own countries," the ICC said in a statement. "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 the cricket that has been postponed due to COVID-19 as possible," the statement said.
The CEC was updated on the continuing contingency planning for all ICC global events, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia in October and November later this year and the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. "Discussions and decisions on this and the future of both the World Test Championship and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League will be held at a later date when there is a greater understanding of the impact of the cricket that has been lost on the competitions."
England's Sri Lanka tour and Aussies New Zealand tour are put on hold at the moment while Pakistan and Windies tour have bleak chances to happen. “I am grateful to my fellow CEOs for their clear commitment to a unified approach to steering cricket through this pandemic. We will work in partnership for the best outcomes for the sport in relation to both ICC events and bilateral cricket," ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said after the meet.
“We agreed on the importance of taking well informed, responsible decisions in relation to the resumption of international cricket. The complexities involved in being able to stage ICC global events are extensive to ensure we protect the health and safety of everyone involved and they will be carefully considered before any decisions are arrived at in the best interests of the game,” he said. (UNI)