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Cricket chiefs to discuss future of postponed series on Thursday
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Cricket chiefs to discuss future of postponed series on Thursday

The International Cricket Council has called a Chief Executives' Committee meeting via conference call to discuss the sporting calendar that has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The meeting will be attended by the ICC's 12 full member nations and three associate representatives as they try to reach a consensus on the future of some of the biggest events.

In addition to a number of series that have been postponed, the cash-rich Indian Premier League and the start of England's domestic season have both been delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The ECB and BCCI have been particularly hit by the absence of cricket action in light of the health concerns posed by the pandemic with estimated losses ranging in millions.

Australia's cricket board had to recently lay off a lot of its staff as the unprecedented crisis threatens the livelihoods of all individuals linked to the sport.

"We need to share knowledge and start to build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket," ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said.

"Countries will start to reopen at different stages and in different ways and we will need to respect that and have a holistic view of this to enable us to take well-informed decisions that mitigate the various risks as much as possible."

The disturbance of the cricketing calendar begs the question of rejigging the schedule of the fixtures. This point will thus come up for deliberation at Thursday's meeting.

"The CEC will discuss the approach to rescheduling postponed series and the need for collectively reviewing the FTP through to 2023 as well as the World Test Championship and Cricket World Cup Super League," the ICC media release stated.

"They will also receive an update on the continuing contingency planning for all ICC global events, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020."