England may have to travel over land and sea to Dubai and then be air-lifted direct to the West Indies for the ICC World Twenty 20, if volcanic ash continues to shut down UK and European airspace.
The International Cricket Council, charged with making travel arrangements for all teams involved in the global tournament, announced contingency plans today.
England, along with seven of the other teams yet to travel to the Caribbean for the 12-country tournament, will be invited to fly from Dubai should it seem likely their scheduled plane from London will be grounded on Sunday.
An ICC spokesman reported that a final decision will be made at 8am tomorrow, after which time England themselves must decide whether to take up the offer and therefore head for Dubai by sea and train.
Ireland, Zimbabwe and hosts West Indies are already in the Caribbean - while New Zealand will travel via the United States and are therefore unaffected by the volcanic ash cloud covering much of Europe.
ICC sponsors Emirates have agreed to provide the charter-flight contingency for teams, essential back-up staff and broadcast crews.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: "We are doing everything possible to overcome the airline logistical challenges and we are extremely grateful to our commercial partner Emirates for putting forward a charter-flight option."
England and others, it seems, will discover early tomorrow whether there is a pressing need to alter their plans or not.
An ICC spokesman said: "We will be meeting executives from Emirates Airlines early on Wednesday morning.
"We are confident that we will get all the teams to the Caribbean on time."
Should England opt to go to Dubai, it is thought they would have to set off late on Friday or early on Saturday.
Their first warm-up match is in Barbados against Bangladesh on April 28.
The ICC's plans were communicated after a two-day board meeting, in which ICC president David Morgan and director Giles Clarke had to take part via teleconference because of the disruption to air travel.
Other issues covered at the meeting included the acceptance of anti-corruption and security unit recommendations, so that all full members have appointed security directors. Australian Sean Carroll is to be the ICC's new full-time security manager.
The ICC reiterated that they place "safety and security as their highest priority and as such are implementing extensive security plans around the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka".
Following the decision by Cricket Canada to withdraw as hosts of the 2012 Under-19s World Cup, the ICC have invited other countries to express an interest in staging that event.
The board also agreed to set the prize money for the 2011 World Cup at a record 10million US dollars, and Morgan is to lead a delegation to Zimbabwe in June for discussions on the prospects of that country's return to Test match cricket within the next two years.
A decision has been deferred on where the ICC's new headquarters will be, and the confirmation of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as the next ICC vice-president will be discussed at a later date too.