The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that all qualifying events for the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The flu-like virus has infected more than 470,800 people around the world and killed over 21,200, according to a Reuters tally, since appearing in China at the end of last year.
ICC, with the open eyes, being aware of the current situation that to the peak are unhealthy for the living beings, has taken this sensible action to avoid any ebb and flow.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said
“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,” Chris Tetley, ICC head of events, said.
“Work will continue on contingency plans and options for both men’s qualification pathways. We will provide updates in due course on these plans and decisions on the staging of the remaining events this year.”
India host next year’s T20 World Cup and the 50-overs event in 2023. As many as eight events will now be postponed due to the ICC decision.
This year’s women’s T20 World Cup was held in February-March in Australia, which will also host the men’s version starting in October. The World Cup trophy tour for the men’s event, which was scheduled to start next month, was also postponed.
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.
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— ICC (@ICC) March 26, 2020
List of postponed qualifying events
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