Covid-19: ICC Board to discuss contingency plans, WTC points allocation for postponed games

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Members of the ICC Board will meet by video conference on Friday to discuss contingency plans for their multiple tournaments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has halted global sports activities.

While a couple of ICC Board members confirmed to PTI that no concrete decisions are expected during the conference call, it was imperative that a meeting be necessary to discuss contingency plans.

The ICC's most prominent landmark event in 2020 is the T20 Men's World Cup in October-November, in addition to the various bilateral series that are part of the World Test Championship. The point system in case of canceled series will be a topic of discussion.

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One such series, England's Sri Lanka tour, has already been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 20,000 lives globally.

"Right now, the situation is such that a decision cannot be made, as no one knows when normalcy will return. Obviously, members will give a summary of the situation in their respective countries."

"But we must be ready with the plans if this blockade continues for two more months. The entire FTP will be backwards," an official from a member nation told PTI.

He said the allocation of points from the Test Championship games to be postponed will be another problem.

"The England versus Sri Lanka series was postponed, but where will it be located considering that the FTP schedule is choc-a-block? It is not a series that will be affected, but some more that are aligned," he said.

England hosts the Antilles and Pakistan in June and July, while New Zealand travels to Bangladesh in August. India will play the next test matches in November against Australia in a series away from home.

"So what the ideal point distribution system could be. Whether giving 60 points each to both teams will be a fair deal is something the members should discuss," he added.

As of now, there is no imminent threat to the World T20 in Australia, but if the blockade continues for two to three months, then it could be the prerogative of the Australian government to decide on travel restrictions and how they perceive the situation in their country. at that point in time

The indefinite suspension of the action could also have an effect on the ICC and the flow of income of the member countries, something that cannot be measured exactly at this time.

"That is an extreme situation that we are not even thinking about at the moment. But it is a crisis situation and it does not hurt if the options are discussed," said another board member.

From BCCI, in all probability, President Sourav Ganguly will be the representative of the board. In case Ganguly is unable to attend, then it will be Secretary Jay Shah.

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