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If COVID-19 scare strikes in T20 WC, ICC committee will not deal with it: Interim CEO Allardyce

The ICC will have a committee that will decide the fate of any games affected COVID-19 Matters in the team camps, confirmed interim CEO Geoff Allardyce, making it clear that no member nation can decide, unlike bilateral competitions.

The ICC already has a committee of medical experts which also includes Dr Abhijit Salvi of the BCCI, but it is understood that there could be some positive cases even if there is a bio-bubble.

“I think we have been very clear in our communication with members. We have a committee set up to look into any matters that may arise during the incident,” Allardyce said.

“Any decision about matches will be taken by that committee and it’s not going to be something that members can do in bilateral cricket,” he said.

2 DRS referrals allowed per team during the event

Allardyce said there will be 2 Drs per team during the mega event.

“We have continued the playing conditions for T20 Internationals for the past 12 months, which are two reviews per team, so instead of treating this tournament differently, what we have just continued. Last 12 or 18 months,” Allardyce said during the virtual con-call.

Neutral umpires may be back soon, hints interim CEO

Meanwhile, the interim CEO of ICC also clarified that the cricket body will use neutral umpires wherever the situation allows.

In the post-COVID-19 world, ICC has used home umpires due to travel and logistical issues.

“I think we are able to get all our elite panel umpires and referees here to officiate in this tournament (ICC Men’s T20 World Cup), the UAE is a country that is now quite a step ahead to go in and out.” Allardyce said on the same call.

Allardyce said there are different restrictions in different countries and this is making it difficult.

“The issue is in other countries, where there are different levels of sanctions, so our position has been, we will try to use neutral authorities, wherever circumstances allow.

“In many countries, there are still restrictions that make umpire that difficult and moving, even if the individuals are a little different from the team moments and we found that in the last few months,” he explained.

He also said that the home umpires have done very well in the last 18 months.

“I think the umpires, the home umpires have done very well in the last 18 months and are supported by the DRS. But the aim is to bring back neutral officials when a lot of those restrictions are lifted, so it may be more after this tournament, but it’s too much country by country’s assessment,” he signed off. Did it

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