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Teams travelling to the World Twenty20 in West Indies have been able to revert to their original plans following the lifting of airspace restrictions over the UK and most of Europe.

The ICC Board had endorsed a set of contingency plans to ensure that all players, team management, match officials, support staff and television crews and equipment can reach the Caribbean in time for the World Twenty20 in case the disruption had continued throughout this week.

The most relieved team will be England who could have faced a journey over land and sea to Dubai in order to catch a charter flight to West Indies, but will now be able to depart London on Sunday.

Ireland, Zimbabwe and the host team West Indies are in the Caribbean already, but the board heard arrangements were made so that seven of the remaining eight affected men's teams - New Zealand are travelling via the United States - could be airlifted direct to the West Indies from Dubai with the aid of ICC partners, Emirates.

"I'm delighted to say that the teams will now fly to the West Indies as originally scheduled," said Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive. "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.

One of those teams is Afghanistan, whose World Twenty20 squad has been grounded in Dubai because of the closure of airports across Europe have missed their warm-up matches in Trinidad and Tobago but are now expected to arrive in the next couple of days.

An ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland had forced the closure of airspace over the UK and much of Europe since Thursday, resulting in the cancellation of thousands of flights and leaving hundreds of thousands of people stranded. Afghanistan are pooled with India and South Africa in Group C of the ICC World Twenty20, which begins on April 30.

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