ICC T20 World Cup is starting from this month.
The T20 World Cup is starting from the 17th of this month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Although this World Cup was to be played in India, but due to COVID, it was decided to take it outside India because the situation of COVID in India was terrible a few months ago. Due to this fear, the ICC gave the responsibility of this World Cup to the UAE and Oman. Still though the threat of COVID is not over and the ICC is doing all it can to avoid it. ICC Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Geoff Allardyce confirmed that if a team is found to have a COVID-19 case, the decision on any match will be with a committee set up by the ICC. With this, he made it clear that unlike bilateral matches, no member country can decide in this regard.
The ICC has already constituted a committee of medical experts which also includes Dr. Abhijit Salvi of BCCI (Cricket Board of India) as it is understood that despite having a bio-bubble, some positive cases may come up. Allardyce said, “I think we have been very clear in our communication with the members. If any positive case comes up during the tournament, we have formed a committee to take care of it. ”
committee will decide
Allardyce said that the committee has been given the right to decide regarding the matches. He said, “Any decision regarding matches will be taken by that committee itself and it will not be decided by the member countries as they can do in bilateral cricket. Allardyce also said that each team will be given two DRS referrals during the T20 World Cup. He said during a ‘virtual conference call’, “We will continue with the conditions of play adopted for T20 Internationals in the last 12 months in which two reviews have been given to each team, so it is important to treat this tournament as a different kind of tournament.” Instead we will continue on the same rules with which we have been playing for the last 12 or 18 months. ”
Neutral umpire will return soon
The interim CEO indicated that neutral umpires may also return soon. He made it clear that the cricket body will start using neutral umpires as soon as the situation becomes favourable. After COVID-19, home umpires were being used by the ICC due to travel and ‘logistical’ issues. He said, “I think we are able to bring our elite panel umpires and referees to officiate in this tournament (ICC Men’s T20 World Cup), UAE is the country which is not putting too many restrictions on travel. Allardyce said that different restrictions have been imposed in different countries, which was making it difficult. He also said that the home umpires have done a great job in the last 18 months.
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