Owing to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming ICC annual Board meeting in Dubai will now be held via video conference, an official statement confirmed on Thursday. “In light of the continued global spread of COVID-19, concerns expressed by Members and mindful of the importance of taking mitigating measures against the virus, the ICC Board, has decided to hold its meetings scheduled for Dubai at the end March via conference call only,” the ICC media release stated. Also Read - World Rabies Day 2020: Did You Know Rabies Caused More Death in India in The Last 5 Years Than Novel Coronavirus?

The ICC meeting was likely to initiate the bidding process for global events in the 2023-31 cycle of the Future Tours Programme. The full meetings of various committees will now be held in May. Also Read - COVID-19: India's Total Recoveries Cross 50 Lakh-mark, 1 Million People Cured in Last 11 Days, Claims Health Ministry

“The Board and a number of committees will convene remotely to consider matters for urgent decision only, with the full meetings rescheduled for early May. Also Read - RR vx KXIP IPL 2020 Match Report: Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia Script Record Chase as Rajasthan Royals Beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 Wickets in Sharjah

“This will be kept under constant review in line with advice from relevant authorities as the health and well-being of staff and those attending the meetings remains our priority,” it further stated.

The country has so far reported 74 cases of people being infected with the virus.

If the ICC meetings are postponed, it will be the second time a key cricket meeting will be taken out of Dubai. Earlier this month, the members of the Asian Cricket Council were scheduled to meet there to discuss the venue for the Asia Cup but deferred due to concerns over the coronavirus.

ICC’s final decision is expected next week but alternative options could include postponement or video conferences, the report added.

(With PTI Inputs)