The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced it’s postponing all ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 Qualifiers scheduled to take place till June in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - UP Reports First Coronavirus Death, 25-year-old Man Hid His Travel Information
The ICC events due to take place before June 30 have been delayed subject to further review, cricket’s global governing authority said in a statement on Thursday. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Congregation: States Scramble to Find Trails, Mode of Transport; Whereabouts of Maulana Saad Not Known
“After careful evaluation of the current situation and 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. The decision has been taken in conjunction with Members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice,” the statement read. Also Read - Bizarre! Turkmenistan Bans the Word 'Coronavirus', Makes Wearing Masks In Public Illegal
As many as eight events will will be affected by the decision that has been taken after lockdowns and travel restrictions enforced in globally to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Additionally, the men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and ODI World Cup 2023 qualifying events for 2020 are being monitored with relevant stakeholders and Members.
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka between 3-19 July is also under review.
The T20 World Cup 2020 Trophy tour for April has also been cancelled and ICC is exploring the option for a condensed tour with a revised itinerary at a point closer to the event.
“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,” ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said on Thursday.
He continued, “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.”