Geoff Allardice, the interim CEO of the International Cricket Council, ICC, says he expects the upcoming T20 World Cup in India to go ahead as planned.

But he says the governing body has back-up plans in place should the country not be able to host the tournament.

With only six months remaining before it is scheduled to host the T20 World Cup, India is grappling with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country reporting more than 115,000 new cases on March 6 alone.

Allardice says there is still some time to go before the ICC might think of activating its back-up plans.

He says the organisation’s immediate focus will be on the World Test Championship final, which India and New Zealand are scheduled to contest in Southampton from June 18 to 22.