ICC interim CEO Jeff Alardisis said Wednesday that the body has prepared contingency plans for the T20 World Cup in India later this year, but is not currently considering any plans to take it out of the country, despite the rise in COVID cases. -19 here.
The tournament is scheduled to take place in October-November in India, which reports over one nail polish per day for the past few days. Against the backdrop of the wave of COVID, IPL is scheduled to begin Friday in Chennai behind closed doors.
“We are certainly continuing with the event as planned,” Alardika said during a virtual media roundtable.
“We have Plan B, but we have not activated them yet. We are working with the BCCI, we have backup plans that can be activated if the time comes,” he added.
Allardice, general manager of ICC Cricket, was recently appointed interim chief executive after Manu Sawhney was sent on “leave” after his behavior came under scanner during an internal investigation by UK-based audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The 53-year-old Australian, who has played domestic cricket in his country, said the ICC is also in touch with other sports organizations to find out how they are doing in the COVID era.
“Cricket is currently being played in a number of countries and we are learning from all of them.
“We have talked to other sports organizations about what they are doing, we are in good shape at the moment, but we recognize that the world is changing rapidly.
“We will have the final of the World Test Championship in two months, but we will continue with both, as planned,” he said.
The UAE, which hosted the IPL last year, could be one of the reserve seats for the largest international event in the shortest format, if the situation requires change.
During the engagement, he was also asked about the Decision Review System (DRS), part of which is the arbitrator’s controversial appeal, something that was called confusing by the Indian captain. They grow kohli during the limited commitments against England.
Allardice said there was a “good discussion” on the DRS during a recent meeting of the ICC’s Board of Directors.
“DRS is designed to undo clear errors. There are no wholesale changes.
“I think more and more, when you see repetition, the natural reaction is what we can do … Overcoming an obvious mistake … We’ve reached a point where we use technology to make the right decisions, but striving for perfection is impossible.
“It is very convenient for us to be at the moment,” he said.
Alardika acknowledged that the challenges facing countries are to host cricket matches and tournaments in terms of maintaining communication with their respective governments.
“The role of vaccination in different countries can change the dynamics … They have done an amazing job in the last 10 months in hosting matches.”
He also acknowledged that COVID-19 had influenced women’s play.
Asked if the pandemic repelled women’s cricket at a time when it was gaining momentum after the roaring success of the latter
The T20 World Cup in Australia, he said, “The last 3-4 years the momentum we have built around international cricket is fantastic. The final (between India and Australia) (with a crowded) MCG was a special moment.
“Then COVID hit and made life very difficult to rebuild. That will be the focus for the next 12 months.”