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No decision on T20 World Cup yet: ICC

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The ICC have not taken any decision on rescheduling or postponing the T20 World Cup to be held later this year down under due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a reliable source in the organization.

The source told the Times of India in an interview, “Right now, things look bleak, and people’s health is the first priority. However, what if the situation improves in a few months’ time? What if the ICC announces that the T20 World Cup is postponed in May itself, and things improve a couple of months down the line, and cricket’s governing body realizes that it took a hasty decision. The ICC will take time to decide on the fate of this event, till as late as August. Don’t expect any announcement before that.”

“As of now, everything will proceed as per plan, and assuming that the tournament will be held as per its original dates. So, all other preparations by the ICC’s Local Organising committee (LOC) in Australia, which is already in place, will be on in full swing,” he said.

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An ICC spokesperson further said: “During this period of uncertainty, our first responsibility is to protect the well-being of the players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take a safety-first approach to all the operations over the coming months.”

There has also been speculation that the tournament might be conducted in empty stadiums.

The ICC has also scheduled a meeting of all its Chief Executives Committees’ (CEC) meeting via videoconferencing on Thursday. The
BCCI is set to be represented by its nominee
Jay Shah. “With the international cricket calendar having gone haywire, it’s likely that all the members will deliberate on revising the Future Tours Programme (FTP). These discussions though could be at an initial stage. Many more such meetings may be required in the future,” said the source.

Talks about the global event being postponed or even cancelled were being heard, with the IPL being held in that window instead. Now, with the latest update out of the headquarters, the fans can be assured of a possibility of having a major sporting event this year itself.