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T20 WC decision deferred till June 10

ICC crucial meet ends inconclusively amid ‘differences’
MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Dhaka
T20 WC decision deferred till June 10

The board members of International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday joined a crucial meeting via teleconferencing, although it ended with no significant achievement whatsoever.

All issues dominating the agenda, including the fate of the 2020 edition of the World T20 Cup in Australia and the appointment of new ICC chairman (India’s Sourav Ganguly or England’s Colin Graves) were eventually deferred till June 10, 2020 following a discussion led by ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar.

Of late, a number of board members raised their concern over the issue of confidentiality and felt that it required immediate attention to ensure the sanctity and confidentiality of ICC board matters in line with the highest standards of governance.

There was unanimous agreement to immediately initiate an independent investigation led by the ICC Ethics Officer and supported by global experts. The board will be updated on this by the ICC CEO at its next meeting scheduled on June 10, 2020.

The board also requested the ICC management to continue with their discussions among the stakeholders in exploring various contingency options in light of the rapidly changing public health situation prompted by the deadly COVID 19.

It’s predicted that there’s a huge difference among the member countries over the down under T20 World Cup (WC). It’s said as an example of PCB, who earlier said that it would not support any move to reschedule this year’s T20 WC to 2021 as the change might hit the entire international calendar.

Ahead of the Thursday ICC meeting to discuss the fate of T20 WC, a PCB official said that Pakistan’s stance would be to push for a wait and watch policy.

“We’re in May and there is still time in hand. The ICC members should wait and see where this coronavirus pandemic ends up. A decision on staging the event can be taken even after, say, two months,” he noted.

He also viewed that by that time it would become clear if member boards were able to resume full-scale cricket activities in line with the governments’ policies on the pandemic.

“There is no cricket being played right now, but we will know in two months time what the position is. Because West Indies and Pakistan are scheduled to play in England if things go as planned,” he said.

The media has speculated that the ICC board members might move the global event to February-March next year or even defer it till 2022 as another World T20 Cup is scheduled in India in 2021.

Sources in the PCB confirmed the board was not happy with reports that the Asia Cup and World T20 will be postponed this year – thereby giving its rival board BCCI a possible window to organise the IPL.

“The IPL is a domestic event of the BCCI and can’t be given preference over ICC events or bilateral agreements. Pakistan will not support any such move,” said a highly-placed source.

But he conceded that the PCB was already working on a plan to line up cricket activities in case the Asia Cup and World T20 Cup remain shelved this year.

Besides, India and Australia among the ‘Big Three’ want to reschedule the extravaganza. The BCCI has said that it stands to lose around Rs 4,000 crore if the IPL is not held this year. So, they want to stage IPL for the greater good of Indian interest.

Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman Earl Eddings has written a letter to the ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&FC) requesting that Australia be allowed to host the 2021 edition of the World T20 Cup instead of the same in 2020.

Eddings and CA in doing so have reiterated that they will not be in a position to host the 2020 edition of the tournament, scheduled from ensuing October 18 to November 15.

The email, sent by Eddings, has been marked to the members of the F&FC only. The CA chairman, too, is a member of the body, while BCCI is not part of the said committee. The F&FC is headed by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, who was elevated to the chair after former BCCI President Shashank Manohar took control of the governing body.

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