Monday 6 July, 2020

West Indies brace for T20 World Cup as contingency plans discussed

West Indies limited-overs team.

West Indies limited-overs team.

Reigning champions West Indies and the other cricket nations are now bracing for the men's T20 World Cup after contingency plans for staging tournament were discussed during a chief executives' committee meeting on Thursday.

The heads of all 12 full International Cricket Council (ICC) members and three associate representatives dialled in for a conference call to discuss the challenges they are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The men's T20 World Cup in Australia, due to start in October, and the women's 2021 Cricket World Cup are to go ahead as planned as it stands.

However, the situation will continue to be monitored and the ICC Future Tours Programme will be reviewed through to 2023.

The ICC revealed that the future of the World Test Championship and the men's Cricket World Cup Super League will be discussed at a later date.

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said: "Cricket Australia is working closely with the ICC, the Local Organising Committee and the Australian government so we have a comprehensive understanding of exactly what it will take to be able to play the T20 World Cup 2020 in October in Australia as planned.

"We are also jointly exploring all other options in relation to staging the event and will take the right decisions at the right time so we can host a wonderful celebration of the sport and keep everyone involved safe and well."

ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said: "I am grateful to my fellow CEOs for their clear commitment to a unified approach to steering cricket through this pandemic.

"We will work in partnership for the best outcomes for the sport in relation to both ICC events and bilateral cricket.

"We agreed on the importance of taking well informed, responsible decisions in relation to the resumption of international cricket.

"The complexities involved in being able to stage ICC global events are extensive to ensure we protect the health and safety of everyone involved and they will be carefully considered before any decisions are arrived at in the best interests of the game."

In 2016, West Indies, led by Darren Sammy, became the first team to win two World T20 titles but over the last four years, their fortunes have plummeted and they are currently ranked No. 10 in the format. 

Inside the last two years, the reigning T20 world champions have won just two of nine series and won just eight of 26 matches.

West Indies are now with a new captain -  Kieron Pollard, who recently played in his 500th T20 game, joining hands with Dwayne Bravo among the seniors to make a comeback to the team.

Pollard took over the ODI and T20I captaincy from Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite respectively last September, while Bravo was brought out of retirement.

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