The International Cricket Council (ICC) Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Geoff Allardyce said on Wednesday that he has a ‘backup’ (second) plan for the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year but Kovid is currently in the country. Despite the increase in 19 cases, they are not thinking of any idea to remove it. The T20 World Cup will be held in India in October-November, but in the last few days, more than one lakh cases are being reported daily in the country.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to start in Chennai without empty stadiums from Friday, despite an increase in Kovid-19 cases. Allardyce said during the virtual media round table, “We are definitely moving forward with the same assumption that the tournament is being held as planned.” He said, ‘We have a’ second plan ‘, but we have not yet considered those plans. We are working with the Cricket Board of India (BCCI), we have a ‘backup’ scheme which can be started only when needed. ‘
Allardyce said, ‘We are not even oblivious to what is happening around the world and we will continue to keep an update on all these things, how the sports competitions are being organized and the conditions in each country. . ‘ He said, “Cricket is being played in many countries all over the world, we are learning from all of them and proceeding according to plan.” He said, ‘We also have a’ backup ‘scheme which can be started at the right time. We are not anywhere near that time. We have a lot of months to see the situation and how the cricket competitions are being organized.
ICC Cricket General Manager Allardyce was recently appointed interim CEO only after Manu Sahni was sent on ‘leave’. Australia’s 53-year-old Allardyce has played domestic cricket for his country, saying the ICC is also in touch with the sports organizations of other countries to understand how they are conducting their tournaments during the Kovid era. He said, “Right now cricket is being played in many countries and we are learning from all of them.” “We are talking to other sports organizations about what they are doing, we are in a good position at the moment but also believe that things are changing fast around the world,” he said.
Allardyce said, “In two months time, the time of the World Test Championship finals is also coming, but we are going according to plan for both of us.” The United Arab Emirates, which hosted the Indian Premier League last year, could also be the ‘backup’ venue for organizing this big international tournament. During this conversation he was also asked about the DRS (Umpire Decision Review System) in which the decisions of the umpires are becoming controversial and which Indian captain Virat Kohli described as misleading during the limited-over series against England.