T20 World Cup in jeopardy as ICC decides to shut down office

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 (better known as Coronavirus) has caused companies and organisations all around the world to shut down their offices. During these testing times, the “Work from home” moto is going viral across the globe.

Many top cricketing boards have announced in the last week or so that their offices have been shut down, with their employees now getting to work from home. On Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that they would shut their offices temporarily and give work from home to all their workers.

Following suit, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has also decided to allot work from home for the majority of its employees. ICC’s main officials including chairman Shashank Manohar and chief executive Manu Sawhney are reportedly arranging video conference to discuss the cricket calendar which has been or will be affected due to the coronavirus problem. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the virus throughout the world, nothing can be confirmed on when this call will be conducted.

An ICC representative recently said that the coundil has chosen to step up and help its employees.

“Like the rest of the world, the ICC is following guidelines from authorities and in line with the approach of our members, the majority of our staff are now working from home,” the representative said

“Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of staff whilst remaining fully operational. The team has the full remote working capacity and as a result, we can keep the ICC fully functioning while keeping our staff, their families and the wider communities safe,” he added.

Due to the worldwide spread of the virus, October’s ICC T20 world cup to be hosted in Australia also seems doubtful. It is being speculated that the staging of the tournament is uncertain. The Australian government is focusing on tackling the coronavirus menace at this moment and rightly so.

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