The wait to know if the T20 World Cup in Australia shall be held on schedule in October-November this 12 months simply acquired longer. The cause: the International Cricket Council (ICC), at its board assembly on Thursday, was involved that its confidentiality is being breached.
“A number of Board members had raised their concerns over this issue recently and felt it required immediate attention to ensure the sanctity and confidentiality of Board matters in line with the highest standards of governance,” ICC stated in a media launch on Thursday.
“There was unanimous agreement to immediately initiate an independent investigation led by the ICC’s Ethics Officer and supported by global experts. The Board will be updated on this by the ICC CEO at its next meeting on 10 June 2020,” the discharge stated.
Till then all matters on Thursday’s agenda, together with the standing of World Test Championship and discussions on re-scheduling the Future Tours Programme, which has been stalled within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, have been stored on maintain.
With a lot of the world below lockdown and some sport just lately resuming behind closed doorways, the World T20 in Australia, scheduled from October 18 to November 15, was unsure going into the assembly. The Indian board is eyeing that window to fit the Indian Premier League. Failing to carry the T20 match may set again the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by Rs 4,000 crore.
In a gathering of the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs committee final week, Cricket Australia (CA) has reportedly sought a postponement and stated it might need to host the occasion in 2021 as an alternative.
Some of the much less influential boards – exterior the large three of India, England and Australia — who stand to learn from participation charges from the World Cup don’t thoughts ready, and stated so on the assembly.
Yet earlier than the board assembly started, CA launched a six-month lengthy house schedule of its worldwide season. It included three T20 Internationals in opposition to India between October 11-17 probably as a primer for the World T20.
But “around the issue of confidentiality” the ICC, with Shashank Manohar as chairman, deferred choices till June 10. An individual conscious of the developments stated the inquiry indicated the testy relation between BCCI, CA and the ICC, as a result of the probe is about information experiences in Indian and Australian media.