The ICC chairperson Geoff Allardice on Sunday confirmed that the fate of the T20 World Cup matches will be decided by the Covid committee and not by the member boards unlike bilateral contests if players tested Covid positive.
Any decisions around matches will be taken by that committee and it’s not going to be something that’s going to be dealt by the members as it may do in bilateral cricket, he said.
It is understood that there could be a few positive cases even if there is a bio-bubble in place. To this, the ICC already has a committee of medical experts which includes BCCI’s Doctor Abhijit Salvi.
Last month, India’s last-minute call off from the Manchester Test due to Covid fears in their camp left the England and Wales Cricket board facing financial losses was a reminder of the uncertain times. However, any such last-minute decisions will be taken by a bio-safety advisory group, ICC’s acting chief executive Geoff Allardice said.
There will be 2 Decision Review System (DRS) for every team throughout the month-long tournament and it will be the DRS’ debut in the men’s T20 World Cup.
The T20 World Cup will be started from October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Meanwhile, the ICC interim CEO also made it clear that the cricket body will use neutral umpires wherever the situation allows. In post Covid world, the ICC has used home umpires due to travelling and logistical issues.
The 16 nations at the World Cup will be confined to their hotels for the month-long tournament.
Allardice had earlier confirmed the Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup which was halted after the Taliban over. His decision had come after Australia Test captain Tim Paine had boycotted and denied to play against Afghanistan over the Taliban’s reported ban on women participating in sport.
In other India News, ICC on Sunday announced the prize money details of the ICC T20 World Cup. The winners of the tournament will be given $1.6 million (Rs 12 crore approx), while the runner-up will receive half of the winning amount, the ICC revealed in a press release.