The International Cricket Council (ICC) has postponed qualifying tournaments in July of the 2021 Women’s World Cup and the 2022 Men’s Under-19 World Cup due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. The women’s qualifying competition was to be held in Sri Lanka from July 3 to 19 in which 10 teams including host Sri Lanka were to take part. The other teams were Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, USA, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
The ICC said, “It has been decided to postpone the qualification process of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 and the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2022 after consultation with members and concerned governments and public health officials.” -19 The qualifying process of the World Cup 2022 was to begin with the European regional qualifiers to be held in Denmark from 24 to 30 July.
The ICC will consult competing countries for when these tournaments can be arranged. ICC Head of Competition Chris Tetley said, “We have decided to postpone two upcoming qualifying events due to ongoing travel restrictions, global health concerns and the advice of the government and public health officials.”
He said, “Both the Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifiers and the European qualifiers of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2022 have been affected.” Tetley said, “The health of the players is the most important. In this difficult time, our priority is to keep players, coaches, officials, fans and the entire cricket community healthy.
Competitions for the ICC Under-19 World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 are also under review. The Africa qualifiers are scheduled to take place from August 7 to 14 in Tanzania while the Asia qualifiers will be held in Thailand from December 1 to 9. Division One competitions will be held in 2021 in all five regions.