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ICC Board video conference on Friday, members to discuss contingency plans in wake of COVID-19

ICC Board video conference on Friday, members to discuss contingency plans in wake of COVID-19

The member nations of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be engaged in a video conference on Friday to discuss contingency plans in the wake of global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The high-profile ICC T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia from mid-October along with the bilateral Test series as a part of the World Test Championship schedule could be in for a rejig in case the lockdown continues for another two months.

“It’s more about an update on contingency planning at this stage. In the case of an extreme situation, there should be plan B and C ready. So, we board members need to understand the options available,” the veteran administrator said. “Obviously, the situation currently is very serious and COVID-19 and its implications are on the agenda. But if you think logically, World T20 is in October and final of World Test Championship is in June 2021.

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“So we have time and no point in taking any decision in haste. No decisions expected on Friday. It’s more of a stock-taking,” he added. However, if the lockdowns in various countries continue beyond June, then member nations will be forced to draw up alternate plans for the bilateral series which offer points for the World Test Championship.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused close to 19,000 deaths worldwide since being discovered in China’s Wuhan city. India put a population of over a billion under lockdown on Tuesday night to contain the pandemic, which has caused 10 deaths in the country so far. Partial lockdowns have also been ordered in countries such as England and New Zealand, which are among the top cricketing nations.

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