Teams To Return To Original Travel Schedules - ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will not be putting a contingency plan into place to transport teams to the ICC World Twenty20 after the ban on air travel in Europe was lifted.
The six-day ban, put in place due to an ash cloud creating by the eruption of an Icelandic volcano, had led the ICC to say on Tuesday that it would, with the aid of commercial partner Emirates, be able to airlift teams directly from Dubai to the Caribbean, where the tournament begins on 30th April.
“I’m delighted to say that the teams will now fly to the West Indies as originally scheduled. I want to thank both Emirates and the ICC executive for working so hard to ensure that we had a back-up plan to transport teams to the Caribbean," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.
“Emirates continues to assist teams with their travel plans and we are extremely grateful for that support.”
The ban was finally lifted at 2100 GMT on 20th April following an emergency meeting between governments, aviation authorities and airlines.
The ICC added that the Afghanistan team, making their ICC World Twenty20 debut, is set to fly to Trinidad via London in the next few days having been originally scheduled to fly last week.
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