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Coronavirus: International Cricket Council Postpones Qualifying Events 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced further action in response to the global COVID-19.

ICC has moved to suspend all cricket events due to take place before 30th June with immediate effect.

The postponement of the qualifying events was confirmed by the ICC head of events, Chris Tetley in a written statement on Thursday evening.

“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,” Tetley noted.

He added, “Our commitment to the health and safety of players, officials, staff and fans is our priority when taking 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.”

Tetley though believes work will continue on contingency plans and options for both men’s and women’s qualification pathways.

The events postponed are listed as below,

  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A  – Kuwait; (16 – 21 April)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub- Regional Qualifier – Host South Africa; (27 April – 3 May)
  • ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Namibia (20 – 27 April)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Spain (16 – 22 May)
  • ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – PNG (9-16 June)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier C – Belgium (10 – 16 June)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Malaysia (26 June – 2 July)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Finland (24 – 30 June)

Below are the remaining Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifiers for 2020 which are being continually monitored with relevant stakeholders and Members.

  • ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Scotland (3-11 July 2020)
  • ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B – Host Uganda (3 -13 August 2020)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Americas – Canada (18 – 24 August)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Challenge League A – Malaysia (30 September – 10 October)
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Europe – Host and Dates to be confirmed
  • ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Namibia – September TBC
  • ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – UAE – December TBC
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Africa – Host and dates TBC
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – EAP Host and dates TBC
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The ICC Women’s World Cup Cricket qualifier which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka between 3rd – 19th July is also being monitored and kept under review.

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