London: The four major crises blighting the build-up to next month's World Cup are set to be discussed at a special meeting of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) executive board on Friday. The governing body confirmed the teleconference meeting in a statement issued from its Lord's headquarters on Thursday.
The meeting will discuss the following issues: The Indian players' decision to sign altered World Cup contracts, the failure of the Sri Lankan board to return signed player terms before the January 14 deadline as well as the safety and security situation in World Cup sub-hosts Zimbabwe and Kenya. ICC's 15-man executive board will, according to Thursday's statement, be "asked to confirm the decision of the World Cup contracts committee (WCCC)" regarding the altered Indian contracts.
Thursday's statement also said that ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed and World Cup director Ali Bacher would report on their recent visit to Zimbabwe. However, Friday's meeting may not reach a definitive decision on Zimbabwe's status. The ICC statement said that, following Speed and Bacher's report, "there will be the opportunity for any country to reopen the discussion on this matter". The findings of the recent ICC inspection team to Kenya, due to stage two World Cup matches, where security concerns have been raised in the wake of October terror attacks, will also be discussed.