The International Cricket Council (ICC) board has deferred deliberation on all of its agenda items including the fate of the T20 World Cup to June 10 due to the issue of confidentiality. The meeting ended with the setting up of an “independent” investigation into the matter.
Two of the biggest agendas of the meeting included discussion about the next ICC chairman and this year’s T20 World Cup. But instead of having discussion on those agendas, outgoing independent chairman Shashank Manohar led a brief discussion after several board members raised concerns over the confidentiality issue.
It was unanimously decided thereafter to initiate an independent investigation led by ICC’s Ethics Officer. On the other hand, the decision on the major topics have been deferred to June 10, when the board is next slated to meet.
The current situation has put up a big question mark on the fate of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in October-November in Australia. Several media reports have suggested that postponement is the likeliest option. However, the ICC has not given up on conducting the tournament yet.
In fact, the ICC was forced to issue a statement to say that reports of it being rescheduled were “inaccurate”. In addition to discussing on the T20 World Cup and the next chairman, the ICC also has to ratify its Cricket Committee’s recent recommendations for resumption of international cricket, including those of banning saliva and appointment of non-neutral umpires on a temporary basis. With multiple tournaments and series stopped, the ICC is also tasked with chalking out a contingency plan towards honouring the Future Tours Programme (FTP).