The International Cricket Council said that according to the guidelines approved by the ICC Development Committee & the ICC Board, the three events couldn’t be staged. “Canada, the UAE & Papua New Guinea will progress to the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 on the basis of them securing the most wins in the last five U19 qualifying events in each respective region”, the ICC said in a statement.
The ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said, “It is incredibly disappointing that three regional qualifiers to the ICC U 19 Men’s cricket World Cup have been cancelled due to the COVID-19. Under the member approved guidelines teams have withdrawn due to the impact caused by the pandemic, we had no other alternative but to cancel the three events”.
“We have worked closely with all members to ensure results can be determined on the field of play. However for these events field results was not possible. Thus Canada, the UAE & PNG will progress to the U-19 Men’s CWC in accordance with the decision taken by the ICC Board in November 2020 in relation to cancelled qualified events”, he added.
In addition, the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Africa has been relocated from Nigeria to Rwanda & will now be played from September 30 to October 7 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The remaining two Regional qualifiers are:
ICC U19 Men’s cricket World Cup Europe Qualifier, Host Spain, 19-25 September 2021
Participating teams: Ireland, Jersey, Netherlands, Scotland
ICC U19 cricket World Cup Africa qualifier, Host Rwanda, 30 September- 7 October 2021
Participating teams: Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda.
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