ICC CEO Geoff Allardice: ‘Again-up plans’ in place if India can’t host T20 World Cup
For now, the ICC plans to ‘go forward with the occasion as scheduled’ whilst India grapples with a second wave of Covid-19
With solely six months remaining earlier than it’s scheduled to host the T20 World Cup, India is grappling with a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the nation reporting greater than 115,000 new circumstances on March 6 alone.
For now, based on its interim CEO Geoff Allardice, the ICC is continuing as if the occasion will go forward as deliberate. However he has mentioned the governing physique has back-up plans in place ought to India not be capable to host the event.
“Yes, we have [back-up plans],” Allardice mentioned in an interplay with choose media companies on Wednesday. “But at this stage we haven’t activated those plans, because we are preparing to go ahead with the event in India as scheduled.
“We’re working with the BCCI and completely different parts of that occasion in the intervening time, however we do have back-up plans that may be activated when the time’s proper.”
Allardice said there is still some time to go before the ICC might think of activating its back-up plans, and that its immediate focus will be on the World Test Championship final, which India and New Zealand are scheduled to contest in Southampton from June 18 to 22.
“We’re not anyplace close to that timeline but,” Allardice said. “We have actually obtained a lot of months to have the ability to see how the scenario is and the way cricket occasions are being run. We have clearly obtained our World Check Championship ultimate which is developing in a few months too. [It’s] one match and two groups, however it’s nonetheless obtained its personal challenges. We’re continuing with each as deliberate at this stage.”
The emergence of multiple Covid-19 vaccines around the world represents a possible way for cricket to loosen some of the biosecure protocols that have been in place for most high-profile events since the pandemic began. Allardice, however, said the ICC was not in a position to negotiate mandatory player vaccinations with governments around the world, even before a multi-team event like the T20 World Cup.
“I believe our medical committee and our board are recommending that individuals needs to be vaccinated wherever doable, however I believe the dynamic in every nation goes to be completely different, each with the availability of vaccine or the provision of vaccine, and the place sportspeople or worldwide sportspeople is perhaps within the queue to obtain these vaccines,” he said. “The ICC would not be capable to affect something like that at a nationwide stage, however our general message has been, we suggest that individuals coming to our occasions sooner or later are vaccinated wherever doable.”