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‘Back-up plans’ ready if India doesn’t host T20 WC

The host nation of T20 World Cup 2021 – India – is now fighting a second wave of novel coronavirus which puts the mega event in jitters.

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The seventh edition of T20 World Cup will return to India, the country which hosted the last one five years ago.

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Australia was set to host the tournament in late 2020 but it has been deferred to 2022. Australia, however, hosted the women’s T20 World Cup in early 2020.

India has been experiencing over 100,000 new infections per day, the record high in the populous South Asian country.

The ICC (International Cricket Council) might search for other options with the tournament being just six months away.

“Yes, we have [back-up plans]. But at this stage we haven’t activated those plans, because we are preparing to go ahead with the event in India as scheduled,” ICC’s interim chief executive Geoff Allardice told the media on Wednesday.

“We’re working with the BCCI and different elements of that event at the moment, but we do have back-up plans that can be activated when the time’s right.”

While some countries have started inoculations the ICC will not push any of the participating teams to get vaccinated. But the ICC ‘recommends’ teams arriving the host country vaccinated.

“I think our medical committee and our board are recommending that participants should be vaccinated wherever possible, but I think the dynamic in each country is going to be different, both with the supply of vaccine or the availability of vaccine, and where sportspeople or international sportspeople might be in the queue to receive those vaccines.

“The ICC wouldn’t be able to influence anything like that at a national level, but our overall message has been, we recommend that participants coming to our events in the future are vaccinated wherever possible,” Allardice said.

England men’s and South Africa women’s teams have toured India this year. The blockbuster IPL T20 is set to kick off on April 9.

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