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Teams relieved after air space ban lifted

The travel plans of a number of teams competing in next weeks Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies have been made easier after an airspace ban across Europe was lifted.

The ban had been in place for six days after the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland erupted resulting in a volcanic ash cloud which covered most of northern Europe.

As a result of the travel ban the ICC had put in place a contingency plan to airlift teams direct from Dubai to the Caribbean if the travel disruption in Europe did not ease.

"Iím 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," said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

"Emirates continues to assist teams with their travel plans and we are extremely grateful for that support," he added.

The Afghanistan team, which was scheduled to travel to Trinidad via London last week, will now fly via London to the Caribbean in the next few days.

England meanwhile have confirmed they will fly out to the Caribbean on Sunday morning as planned from Gatwick airport. If the travel ban hadnít have been lifted they were considering travelling by train to Spain before flying out to Dubai to catch the flight arranged by the ICC.

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