Geoff Allardice, the interim CEO of the International Cricket Council [ICC], has said that the governing body has backup plans in place for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India later this year but the council is not yet entertaining thoughts of activating it and is working closely with the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI].
The 7th edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in India in the month of October and Novemeber later this year but with the country experiencing more than lakh covid-positive cases currently, doubts have started to hover around the viability of staging the competetion.
That said, the BCCI is set to host the 14th season of the Indian Premier League across six cities- Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Chennai- between April 09-May 30.
“We are certainly proceeding with the event as planned,” ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice said during a virtual media round-table. ”Plan B we have, but we haven’t activated those plans yet. We are working with the BCCI, we do have backup plans that can be activated if the time comes,” he added.
Alardice further added that the ICC is in touch with other sports bodies around the world to understand how they going about their business in Covid times. He further added that the World Test Championship final and the ICC T20 World Cup will proceed as per the original plan.
“Cricket is being played in a number of countries at the moment and we are learning from all of them. We have been talking to other sports bodies about what they are doing, we are in a good shape at the moment but acknowledge that the world is changing at a rapid rate. We have also got the World Test Championship final coming up in two months’ time, but we are proceeding with both as planned,” he said.