After careful evaluation of the current situation and with the health and well-being of the global cricket family the priority amid coronavirus outbreak, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided that all its qualifying events due to take place before June 30 will be postponed subject to further review.
The decision has been taken in conjunction with Members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice.
The global health risks, closure of country borders and widespread travel restrictions, means the following ICC events will now be postponed:
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Asia - Host Kuwait; April 16 – 21
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub- Regional Qualifier– Africa – Host South Africa; April 27 – May 3
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Namibia; April 20 – 27
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Europe - Host Spain; May 16 - 22
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 - Host PNG; June 9-16
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier C – Europe - Host Belgium; June 10 - 16
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Asia - Host Malaysia; June 26 – July 2
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Europe- Host Finland; June 24 - 30
All remaining Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifying events for 2020 are listed below. These events are being continually monitored with relevant stakeholders and Members.
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Scotland – July 3-11
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B – Host Uganda – August 3 -13
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final - Americas – Host Canada; August 18 – 24
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Challenge League A – Host Malaysia – September 30 – October 10
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Europe – Host TBC - September TBC
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Namibia – September TBC
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host UAE – December TBC
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Africa – Host and dates TBC
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final - EAP Host and dates TBC
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka between July 3-19 is also being monitored and kept under review, the ICC press release stated.
In addition, after careful evaluation the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan will 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.
Reflecting on the decision, 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.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.
“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. I would like to thank all hosts and participating Members for their support and understanding in reaching this position and we are unified in our hopes and intention to get cricket back on as soon as is safe and practical to do so.”
The virus outbreak, which was first reported in December 2019 from Wuhan city of China, has so far claimed the lives of more than 21,000 people and has affected more than 4,70,000 persons globally.