ICC to airlift T20 WC teams

International Cricket Council has prepared the contingency plan to bring all the teams, television crew and support staff in time in the West Indies for the tournament, beginning April 30.

“Ireland, Zimbabwe and host team West Indies are in the Caribbean already but the Board heard that arrangements were being made so that seven of the remaining eight affected men’s teams could be airlifted direct to the West Indies from Dubai with the aid of ICC partners Emirates,” an International Cricket Council release said.

New Zealand are travelling via the United States, the release added.

“We are doing everything possible to overcome the airline logistical challenges and we are extremely grateful to our commercial partner Emirates for putting forward a charter-flight option,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

The plan was prepared by the ICC Executive team and approved by the Board in its meeting on Tuesday.

"The ICC Board endorsed the contingency plans being made by the ICC executive team to ensure that all players, team management, match officials, support staff and television crews and equipment can reach the Caribbean despite the ongoing disruption to air travel in Europe," the statement said.

Ireland, Zimbabwe and hosts West Indies are in the Caribbean already.
The Twenty20 World Cup runs from April 30 to May 16.

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