ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers due to coronavirus
MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that each one qualifying events for the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 are postponed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The flu-like virus has infected quite 470,800 people around the world and killed over 21,200 since appearing in China at the top of last year.
The pandemic has also brought the global sport to a standstill and therefore the ICC said during a statement the planet Cup qualifiers would even be impacted.
“The decision has been taken in conjunction with members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice,” the ICC said.
All qualifiers scheduled to require place before July in Kuwait, South Africa, Namibia, Spain, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Malaysia, and Finland are affected, the statement added.
“In light of the many global health concerns at the present time and therefore the restrictions on movement imposed by governments across the planet, the ICC has taken the choice to postpone all events up until the top 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’ll provide updates in due course on these plans and decisions on the staging of the remaining events this year.”
India will host the T20 World Cup, a revamped version of the previous Champions Trophy, in October-November of 2021. it’s to not be confused with this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
India also will hold the 50-over World Cup in 2023.
This year’s Indian Premier League, the world’s richest cricket league, is one among the various sports events worldwide to be postponed including the Tokyo Olympics, which are delayed until next year.
The ICC said this year’s remaining qualifiers are being “continually monitored”.
As many as eight events will now be postponed thanks to the ICC decision. the planet Cup trophy tour, which was scheduled to start out next month, was also postponed.