The international cricketing calendar could potentially be altered should the global lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic continue beyond two months. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set for a vide conference on Friday to discuss alternative plans for its showpiece events in 2020 including the ICC T20 World Cup and the ongoing World Test Championship. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Telangana Govt Announces 75% Salary Cut For Employees
The high-profile ICC T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia from mid-October along with the bilateral Test series in the World Test Championship schedule could be in for a rejig in case the lock-down continues for another two months. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments
However, one ICC Board member made it clear that no decision will be taken during Friday’s video conference. Also Read - Fact Check: No, Financial Year Has Not Been Extended by 3 Months
“It’s more about an update on contingency planning at this stage. In 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 is on agenda. But if you think logically, World T20 is in October and final of World Test Championship is in June, 2021. 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.
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.