Karachi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that it is continuing its preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November.
Media reports in India said that ICC members had come to the conclusion that this year’s event would be postponed to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic however ICC spokesperson denied the reports.
“The ICC has not taken a decision to postpone the T20 World Cup and preparations are ongoing for the event in Australia this year as per plan,” a spokesperson for the governing body told Reuters.
The ICC board is due to meet on Thursday to discuss a number of issues related to the coronavirus outbreak and members will also address the T20 World Cup, which is due to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.
“This is on the agenda for the ICC Board meeting tomorrow and a decision will be taken in due course,” he added.
It must be noted that Australia is scheduled to host a 16-team competition but still there is uncertainty due to novel coronavirus spread around the globe.
Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Kevin Roberts also said that there is still no clarity on the fate of the T20 World Cup. “We don’t have clarity on that one, yet. But as the situation continues to improve, you never know what might be possible. It’s ultimately a decision for the ICC,” Roberts said.
Cricket has also been affected by coronavirus pandemic. Several series and tournaments have been postponed, however, boards are trying to organize series behind closed doors and in a safe and bio-secure environment.