ICC’s interim CEO Geoff Allardice on Wednesday stated the physique has backup plans in place for the T20 World Cup in India later this 12 months however is at present not entertaining any ideas of transferring it in a foreign country regardless of a surge in COVID-19 circumstances. The tournament is scheduled to be held in October-November in India, which is reporting over one lakh each day circumstances for the previous few days. Amid the COVID surge, the IPL is because of begin on Friday in Chennai behind closed doorways. “We are certainly proceeding with the event as planned,” Allardice stated throughout a digital media round-table.
“Plan B we have, but we haven’t activated those plans yet. We are working with the BCCI, we do have backup plans that can be activated if the time comes,” he added.
Allardice, ICC’s basic manger – cricket, was lately made the interim CEO after Manu Sawhney was despatched on “leave” after his conduct got here underneath the scanner throughout an inside investigation by UK-based audit agency PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The 53-year-old Australian, who has performed home cricket in his nation, stated the ICC can be in contact with different sports activities our bodies to grasp how they’re managing within the COVID period.
“Cricket is being played in a number of countries at the moment and we are learning from all of them.
“We have been speaking to others sports activities our bodies about what they’re doing, we’re in a fine condition in the mean time however acknowledge that the world is altering at a fast fee.
“We have also got the World Test Championship final coming up in two months’ time, but we are proceeding with both as planned,” he stated.
The UAE, which hosted the IPL final 12 months, could possibly be one of many backup venues for the shortest format’s largest worldwide occasion ought to the state of affairs demand a shift. During the interplay, he was additionally requested in regards to the Decision Review System (DRS), of which the contentious Umpire’s Call is part, one thing that was dubbed complicated by India captain Virat Kohli throughout the restricted overs engagements towards England. Allardice stated there was “a good discussion” on DRS throughout the current ICC Board Meeting.
“DRS was designed to overturn the clear errors. There has been no wholesale changes in it.
“I feel an increasing number of whenever you see a replay, the pure response is what can we do…Overruling a transparent error… We have gotten to a degree the place we’re utilizing know-how to get appropriate choices however striving for perfection turns into unattainable.
“We are very comfortable with where we are at the moment,” he stated.
Allardice acknowledged the challenges nations are going through with a view to host cricket matches and tournaments when it comes to sustaining communication with their respective governments.
“The vaccination role in different countries might change the dynamics… They have done an amazing job in the last 10 months in hosting matches.”
He additionally admitted that COVID-19 has affected the ladies’s recreation. When requested if the pandemic has pushed again girls’s cricket simply at a time when it was gaining momentum following the roaring success of the final T20 World Cup in Australia, he stated, “Last 3-4 years the momentum we built around international cricket is fantastic. The final (between India and Australia) (at a packed) MCG was a special moment.
“Then COVID hit and made life very troublesome to reestablish it. That would be the focus within the subsequent 12 months.”
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