The International Cricket Council has announced postponement of all the ICC qualifying events which were scheduled to start before June 30. ICC’s further action in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic confirms that there will be not international cricket whatsoever before July this year.
“After careful evaluation of the current situation and with the health and well-being of the global cricket family the priority, all ICC qualifying events due to take place before 30 June will be postponed subject to further review,” ICC has stated in a media release. “The decision has been taken in conjunction with Members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice.”
The decision is influence by the global health risks, closure of country borders and widespread travel restrictions, to minimise and control the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus.
The cancelled events include all remaining Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifying events. Both the events will be held in India.
“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,” ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said.
“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.”
The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka between July 3-19 is also being monitored and kept under review.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour will also not be commencing in April as originally planned.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and in partnership with Members and Nissan will evaluate the potential for a condensed Trophy Tour with a revised itinerary at a point closer to the event,” ICC said.
The governing body also said that “all remaining men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and men’s World Cup 2023 qualifying events for 2020 are being continually monitored with relevant stakeholders and Members.”
Following ICC events 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 following events are being monitored:
Ø ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Host Scotland 3-11 July 2020 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B Host Uganda 3 -13 August 2020
Ø ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Americas Host Canada; 18 24 August
Ø ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Challenge League A Host Malaysia 30 September 10 October
Ø ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final Europe Host TBC – September TBC
Ø ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Host Namibia September TBC
Ø ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Host UAE December TBC
Ø ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final Africa Host and dates TBC
Ø ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – EAP Host and dates TBC.