The ICC has announced that the T20 World Cup is still scheduled to be held in India. With the recent spike in COVID cases around the county, there has been talk of a possible change of venue. But the ICC has revealed that there is no need for any contingency planning. The cases in the country crossed the 100,000 mark for the first time after reducing to less than 20,000 cases at the turn of the year.
“We are certainly proceeding on the assumption that the event is going ahead as planned,” Geoff Allardice, acting chief executive of the ICC said. “We’re not oblivious to what is going on around the world and we continue to make updates on all aspects of how sporting events are being run and the situation in each country. Cricket is being played in a number of countries around the world, we’re taking lessons from all of those and proceeding as planned.”
He also revealed that it would be preferable for international players to get vaccinated but pushing the issue further is out of their jurisdiction. “I think our medical committee and the board are recommending that participants should be vaccinated wherever possible,” he said. “But the dynamics in each country will be different with the supply of the vaccine and the availability of vaccinations and where sportspeople or international sports people might be in the queue.”