The ICC on Thursday announced the postponement of series nine of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 & the second ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process across all ICC events and after consultation with Members and with the relevant government and public health authorities the decision has been taken to postpone both series,” ICC said in a statement.
The Series Nine of the Men’s CWC League 2 scheduled to take place between July 4 & July 11 in Scotland, with the hosts, Nepal & Namibia competing in six One Day Internationals. The ICC men’s cricket World Cup Challenge League B was scheduled to take place in Uganda from August 3-13. 15 matches were scheduled to take place in the second League B event of the competition which involved the hosts, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, and Jersey & Kenya.
The ICC will work with all its participating members to plan when both series which are a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualification process will be able to be staged.
ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley talked on this issue, “With ongoing international travel restrictions and global health concerns still in place and on government and public health authority advice in relation to COVID-19 we have decided in partnership with Members, to postpone two further qualifying series which form part of the pathway to the Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023.”
“Series nine of the Men’s CWC League 2 which was to be hosted in Scotland and the second series of Challenge League B due to take place in Uganda have both been impacted. We will now work with hosts and Members to find a window where they can be safely and practically rescheduled. The ICC’s priority continues to be to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community,” he further added.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic all the cricketing activities has been postponed since March and the series between England-West Indies in July will mark the return of International Cricket.