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ICC shuts down cricket qualifying events till July

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had impugned a postponement in the entirety of the passing occasions that were good to go to be held by 2020 preceding the World Cup 50-over arrangement in 2023 intended to be held earlier 30 June because of the rising dangers of COVID-19.

ICC, with the open eyes, monitoring the present circumstance that to the pinnacle are unfortunate for the living creatures, has made this reasonable move to stay away from any rhythmic movement.

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

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 decided 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 making these decisions, and we must act responsibly in the best interests of all involved and be guided by formal 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 it is safe and practical to do so.”

It is to be noted that along with the announcement is cancelation of qualifying world events, prior, IPL and PSL along with world cricketing series and tours have also been called off to take security measures due to COVID-19.

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