The International Cricket Council (ICC) in yesterday’s meeting, decided not to take any immediate decision on the postponement of the T20 World Cup, to be held this year, deferring such decisions for the 10th of June, when the board is scheduled to meet next.
Outgoing independent chairman Shashank Manohar led a brief discussion after several board members raised concerns over the issue and felt they merited immediate attention so as to preserve the sanctity of the board. It was unanimously decided thereafter to initiate an independent investigation led by ICC’s Ethics Officer.
The constantly evolving situation of the Coronavirus pandemic has cast a cloud on the tournament with several media reports alluding to its eventual postponement. It forced the ICC itself to issue a statement to say that reports of it being rescheduled were “inaccurate”.
The ICC also has to discuss its Cricket Committee’s recent recommendations for resumption of international cricket, which include banning saliva to shine the Cricket ball and appointment of non-neutral umpires on a temporary basis.
With multiple tournaments and bilateral series halted, the ICC is also tasked with scheduling a contingency plan towards honouring the Future Tours Programme (FTP). The board, however, has requested the ICC management continue with their discussions with stakeholders in exploring various contingency options in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the COVID 19 virus.
Finally, the committee has to deliberate on a process to elect Manohar’s successor for the post of independent chairman, once he steps down in July.