ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice said on Wednesday that the body had backup plans in place for the T20 World Cup in India later this year, but currently did not consider doing so. move out of the country despite an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases here.
The tournament is slated to be held in October-November in India, which is bringing in more than a lakh of cases per day over the past few days. Amid the COVID outbreak, IPL is due to start in Chennai on Friday behind closed doors.
“We are certainly proceeding with the event as planned,” Allardice said during a virtual media panel discussion.
“We have plan B, but we haven’t activated those plans yet. We are working with the BCCI, we have backup plans that can be activated if the time is right, ”he added.
Allardice, the managing director of ICC – cricket, was recently appointed interim CEO after Manu Sawhney was sent on ‘leave’ after his conduct came under the scanner in an internal audit by the audit firm British PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The 53-year-old Australian, who has played domestic cricket in his country, said the ICC is also in contact with other sports bodies to understand how they are dealing in the COVID era.
“Cricket is played in a number of countries right now and we are learning from all of them.
“We have spoken with other sports organizations about what they are doing, we are in good shape at the moment but recognize that the world is changing at a rapid pace.
“We also have the World Testing Championship final in two months, but we are continuing both as planned,” he said.
The UAE, which hosted the IPL last year, could be one of the save locations for the biggest international event in the shortest format if the situation demands a change.
During the interaction, he was also asked about the Decision Review System (DRS), of which the disputed arbitrator’s appeal is a part, something which was described as confusing by Indian captain Virat Kohli during limited overtaking engagements against England.
Allardice said there had been “a good discussion” about DRS at the recent ICC Board meeting.
“The DRS was designed to reverse obvious mistakes. There has been no overall change.
“I think more and more when you see a replay, the natural reaction is what we can do… undo a clear mistake… We have come to a point where we are using technology to make correct decisions, but strive for perfection. becomes impossible.
“We are very comfortable with where we are now,” he said.
Allardice acknowledged the challenges countries face in hosting cricket matches and tournaments in terms of maintaining communication with their respective governments.
“The role of vaccination in different countries could change the dynamic… They have done an amazing job in the last 10 months organizing matches.”
He also admitted that COVID-19 had affected women’s football.
When asked if the pandemic had pushed back women’s cricket just as it was gaining momentum after the resounding success of the last T20 World Cup in Australia, he said: “The past 3-4 years, the momentum that we have built around international cricket is fantastic. . The final (between India and Australia) (at a full) MCG was a special moment.
“Then COVID hit and made life very difficult to get it back. This will be the main focus over the next 12 months. “