• ICC exploring ‘all options available’

    The International Cricket Council board has met to discuss contingency plans amid the suspension of several global events as a preventative measure against the coronavirus pandemic.

    The spread of the virus has had several cricket events postponed or cancelled, including the Proteas’ tour of India, New Zealand’s limited-overs series in Australia, England’s Test series in Sri Lanka and more. The Australia Women’s tour of South Africa was also halted.

    The start of the Indian Premier League has been moved from 29 March to 15 April, but might be subjected to another delay. The commencement of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year remains in the balance.

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    ‘We continue to undertake a comprehensive business continuity and contingency planning exercise which will allow us to adapt to the rapidly evolving world in which we find ourselves,’ said ICC chief executive officer Manu Sawhney.

    ‘The ICC management will continue our contingency planning around ICC events and will also work with members to explore all options available to us based on a range of scenarios connected to the pandemic.’

    Australian seamer Kane Richardson and New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson were tested for the virus – and both were negative.

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