ICC declares that they will handle Covid-19 cases during T20 WC, instead of the individual boards

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made it plain to all board members that if a case of Covid-19 is discovered in any camp, the apex council will take action. The T20 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14. For all of the teams participating, there is a rigorous bio-bubble in place. Despite the safeguards in place, a few positive cases are difficult to avoid. According to Acting CEO Geoff Allardice, such cases will be handled solely by the ICC.

“I believe we have spoken with the members in a clear and concise manner. We’ve formed a committee to investigate any issues that arise during the event. Any match-related decisions will be made by that committee, rather than by the members, as in bilateral cricket,” Allardice explained.

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in the history of the T20 World Cup. In contrast to the IPL, which only has one review every innings, the World Cup will feature two DRS referrals per innings.

“Rather than treating this event differently than we have for the past 12 or 18 months”, Allardice explained, “we have just kept on with the playing circumstances that have been in place for T20 internationals, which is two reviews per team. The problem is in other nations, which have varying amounts of restrictions, therefore our position has been that we will strive to use impartial officials whenever possible. There are still constraints in a number of nations that make that difficult, and relocating umpires as individuals is a bit different than changing umpires as a team, as we discovered over the last few months,” he says.