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ICC 'exploring all options' over the fate of the T20 World Cup
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ICC 'exploring all options' over the fate of the T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council has reiterated its commitment to holding this year's T20 World Cup in Australia but admitted it was "exploring all options available".

The seventh edition of the 20-over showpiece event is scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15 with Australia hosting the tournament for the first time.

However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has already caused a great deal of havoc on the international sporting calendar, posing questions over the feasibility of going ahead with the T20 World Cup.

"We are continuing with our planning for ICC events as they are, but given the rapidly evolving situation as a prudent and responsible measure we are also undertaking a comprehensive contingency planning exercise," an ICC spokesman stated.

"This includes exploring all options available to us based on a range of scenarios connected to the pandemic," he conceded.

"We will continue to take advice from experts and authorities, including the Australian government and will take decisions at the appropriate time.

"We will utilise all the data and information available to us to ensure we can make well-informed, responsible decisions that are in the best interests of our sport."

One possibility suggested by several cricketing personalities includes pushing back the competition to 2021. On the other hand, some have advised the ICC to consider holding the T20 World Cup without spectators.

At the moment, the Australian government has closed its borders and imposed travel restrictions for a prolonged period in order to curb the spread of the disease.