Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the fate of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B 2020 has been hanging in the balance.
In earlier communication, the tournament was moved from July to August to allow the cricket world governing body monitor the situation in the participating nations.
However a statement released on Thursday morning by the world Cricket governing body, ICC has put the uncertainty behind as a kickoff date decision was reached.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the postponment of series nine of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 and the second ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B series due to the COVID 19 pandemic. As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning across all ICC events and consultation with members, the decision has been taken to postpone both series,” read part of the statement.
Each of the participating countries has been affected by the pandemic and a return to sports for some nations is still far from the reality. The travel restrictions on different nations is another reason that informed the decision.
Series nine of the Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 was to take place between 4th-11th July in Scotland with the hosts Nepal and Namibia competing in the One Day International.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B was due to take place in Uganda between 3rd and 13th August. The 15 matches where scheduled to take place in the second league B event of the competition.
The tournament was also going to feature five other teams namely Kenya, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy and Jersey.
The ICC will work with all participating members to identify when both series will be able to be staged.
The Cricket Cranes are currently on top of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B table, three points ahead of second placed Hong Kong on 7 points.
The table Leader after the three rounds of the Qualifiers will move to the next round, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup qualifier playoff in 2022.