As ICC approves Covid-changes, decision on T20 World Cup still hanging fire
By: Express News Service | Kolkata |

Published: June 10, 2020 12:42:08 am


The T20 World Cup is scheduled in Australia in October-November. (Source: Twitter/@T20WorldCup)

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) assembly on Tuesday rubber-stamped the recommendations of the Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee like Covid-19 replacements, saliva ban on the ball and non-neutral umpires. The focus now shifts to the Board assembly on Wednesday, with the worldwide physique but to take a proper decision on the way forward for the T20 World Cup, scheduled in Australia in October-November.

The BCCI feels that any additional delay is detrimental to its future planning. Some different cricket boards assume likewise. Bilateral sequence are going to be the lifeline for all of the cricket boards, when it comes to income technology, within the post-Covid cricket world. For the Indian board, postponement of the T20 World Cup will give it a window to stage this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) within the autumn. The BCCI wants a window of at the very least 40 days to carry the match. It can’t plan for it till the ICC makes the T20 World Cup’s postponement official. Other boards, too, are ready for the ICC to determine earlier than planning their future bilateral sequence.

“An official decision will help everybody. The sooner the better,” stated a BCCI official. At a time when Cricket Australia (CA), the T20 World Cup host, is displaying reluctance to stage the match this yr, the ICC’s obvious dilly-dallying hasn’t gone down effectively with a number of cricket boards. “We have been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there’s a very high risk about the prospect of that happening,” CA chief govt Kevin Roberts had stated final month.

Then once more, grapevine has it that the ICC needs to take the matter to its Full Council in July earlier than making a proper announcement. Asked about this, an ICC functionary instructed The Indian Express: “The (ICC) Board wants to fully explore all options and give itself as much time as possible to do so. There’s no rush for a decision yet. There’s no delay and it’s about doing things properly.”

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Covid-19 replacements

Meanwhile, as interim adjustments have been permitted, groups can be allowed to interchange gamers displaying coronavirus signs in Test cricket, however not in ODIs and T20Is. “In line with concussion replacements, the Match Referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement,” the ICC launch said.

Saliva ban

The umpires will handle any scenario with saliva on the ball. (Source: File Photo)

The ICC has proven leniency as regards to saliva use on the ball. It has banned the use, however the course of could have three layers; a talking-to by the umpires adopted by two warnings after which a five-run penalty.

“If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning. A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommences,” the ICC launch stated.

The CEC additionally permitted non-neutral umpires, further DRS critiques, and “a relaxation of rules on apparel logos for the next 12 months”.

The ICC can also be anticipated to launch election procedures and timeline.

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