ICC postpones two qualifier events
The COVID-19 pandemic took a huge toll on the sporting calendar. With the unchanged situation across the globe, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday postponed this year’s qualifying events for two separate tournaments due to the global health crisis.
The ICC has postponed September’s Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 series to be hosted in Namibia. Besides, the U-19 Cricket World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 which was said to take place in August in Tanzania.
The World Cup League 2 series, was part of the qualification for the 2023 World Cup involving Namibia, Papua New Guinea and the United States and the whole event was said to be hosted in Namibia in September. the ICC confirmed the decision in a statement.
The U-19 World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 in Africa was said to take place in Tanzania. The scheduled time was between August 7 and 14. The qualifiers involving Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and the host country to fight for the international stage.
ICC has stated that, its priority is to continue to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community therefore they have taken the decision.
“With ongoing international travel restrictions, global health concerns still prominent and on government and public health authority advice in relation to COVID-19 we have decided in partnership with members, to postpone two further qualifying events,” ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said.
The governing body also said that the remaining U19 World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 event in Asia is being monitored and kept under review. The time frame for the qualifier scheduled between December 1 and 9 in Thailand.
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