The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the postponement of two qualifying events on Tuesday (May 12) owing to the global pandemic novel coronavirus – the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2.
The decision took place after the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process and consultation with Members and also with the relevant government and public health authorities. The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier was about to take place in Sri Lanka between 3 and 19 July, where three teams were about to qualify for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in New Zealand next year. However, the ICC will work with all the participating Members to discuss when these events can take place in future.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “In light of the continuing travel restrictions, global health concerns and government and public health authority advice we have decided to postpone two further upcoming qualifying events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the Europe qualifier to the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 have both been impacted.
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“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take well-informed, responsible decisions in relation to both postponing events and resuming international cricket.
“These are both important events with the Women’s CWC Qualifier one step away from New Zealand 2021 and the Europe qualifier which signifies the start of the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 pathway. We will work in partnership with the Members to find an appropriate window to reschedule these events as soon as is safe and practical to do so. I would like to thank the Members for their cooperation and continued support,” Chris Tetley shared.
However, India have qualified for the World Cup 2021 which will take place in New Zealand. The host – New Zealand and the next four highest-ranked teams on the points table qualify directly for the mega event. Alongside India, the hosts New Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa have qualified for the World Cup.