The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland has caused travel chaos throughout Europe in the last few days, with a number of sporting fixtures also being hit.

Cricket is no exception, and the Afghanistan team are currently stranded in the UAE whilst they wait for their flight to the West Indies for the World Twenty20. As it goes through European airspace, the flights are grounded until the volcanic ash cloud clears.

The ICC are working to secure an alternative route for them so that they'll be able to arrive at the tournament in time.

A number of ICC officials travelling to the Caribbean are also delayed, and it is unlikely that ICC President David Morgan and ECB Chairman Giles Clarke will be able to arrive in Dubai in time for the ICC board meeting next week.

Other sports have also been affected. UEFA will make a decision on Monday as to whether the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals this week will have to be re-scheduled, and a number of fixtures have been cancelled. Formula One teams are worried about making it back to Europe after today's Shanghai Grand Prix.

Some teams are taking alternative routes to their fixtures. In Rugby League a number of fixtures in the fourth round of Challenge Cup fixtures this weekend have involved French teams, with teams using a combination of train, ferry and the Channel Tunnel to fulfil their fixtures. The Great Britain national ice hockey team had to make a 26 hour bus and train journey to Slovenia in order to play in the Division 1 World Championships, but their extreme travel plans didn't cause too many problems as they won their first match against Croatia 4-1.

The UK and much of Northern Europe remains a virtual no-fly zone today, with some forecasting that disruption could last until the end of the month.