Reviewing the current scenario of the growing number of cases of Covid-19, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has come to the conclusion of postponing all the qualifying events that were scheduled to take place before 30 June, prioritizing the public safety and well-being of the global cricket family.
Globally, several countries have imposed lockdown and sealed their borders to prevent the outspread of the coronavirus pandemic. And as per the government and health authorities’ advice, the board considered it necessary to make its decision.
Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events quoted, “In light of the significant global health concerns at the current time and the restrictions on movement imposed by governments across the world, the ICC has taken the decision to postpone all events up until the end of June subject to further review.
“Our commitment to the health and safety of players, officials, staff and fans is our priority when making these decisions and we must act responsibly in the best interests of all involved and be guided by official advice. We felt that now was the right time to take a prudent decision on these events before further planning is undertaken and to provide clarity to everyone involved.”
The board is monitoring the situations carefully and analyzing the possibilities of conducting the events when the circumstances are favorable.
Details of the events which have been postponed
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Asia – Host Kuwait; 16 – 21 April
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub- Regional Qualifier– Africa – Host South Africa; 27 April – 3 May
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Namibia; 20 – 27 April
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Europe – Host Spain; 16 – 22 May
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host PNG; 9-16 June
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier C – Europe – Host Belgium; 10 – 16 June
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Asia – Host Malaysia; 26 June – 2 July
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Europe- Host Finland; 24 – 30 June
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier matches which were set to take place in July would be monitored and kept under review.