ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney led a virtual meeting of ICC chief executives to discuss the sport's response to the coronavirus pandemic ©Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) held a video meeting of its chief executives today to discuss the impact of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic on cricket.

During the virtual meeting, the chief executives of the 12 full member countries and three associate members said they would work together "to address the challenges the sport will face in the coming weeks and months."

It was reported that planning for the two forthcoming global ICC tournaments - the men’s T20 World Cup 2020, scheduled to be held in Australia in October and November, and the women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, scheduled to be held in New Zealand in February and March. is continuing as scheduled despite the pandemic.

An agreement was reached today that the Future Tours Programme (FTP) through to 2023 would need to be reviewed, with the aim to reschedule as many of the international series currently postponed because of the pandemic.

Discussions and decisions on the FTP and the future of both the World Test Championship and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League will be held at a later date.

"I am grateful to my fellow chief executives for their clear commitment to a unified approach to steering cricket through this pandemic," said ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney.

"We will work in partnership for the best outcomes for the sport in relation to both ICC events and bilateral cricket.

All international cricket is currently suspended due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic ©Getty Images
All international cricket is currently suspended due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic ©Getty Images

“We agreed on the importance of taking well informed, responsible decisions in relation to the resumption of international cricket. 

"The complexities involved in being able to stage ICC global events are extensive to ensure we protect the health and safety of everyone involved and they will be carefully considered before any decisions are arrived at in the best interests of the game.”

During the meeting, there was an update from the chair of the ICC Medical Committee who explained about the work being undertaken to understand the issues the coronavirus pandemic was causing the sport.

“Our next step is to create a roadmap for the resumption of international cricket which will include a criteria for decision making and a checklist for what needs to happen," said Dr Peter Harcourt, the committee's chair.

"This will consider everything from player preparation to Government restrictions and advisories and bio-bubbles.

“The scale and complexity of getting cricket started again cannot be underestimated particularly with respect to a global event. 

"The more teams, venues and cities involved in an event, the greater the risk which has to be assessed and managed.”