The Euro T20 Slam, the latest franchise competition due to be jointly hosted by Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands, has been postponed by its organizers merely two weeks prior to its commencement.
A star-studded roster of players had signed up to take part in the inaugural edition of the tournament including the likes of Martin Guptill, Mohammad Amir, Shahid Afridi, Dale Steyn, Eoin Morgan and Rashid Khan among others.
The organizers claimed they were forced to push the date of the competition in order to provide them with the "necessary breathing space."
"The Board of the Euro T20 Slam, funding partners and franchise owners of this exciting new T20 tournament have reluctantly come to the decision that staging of the event will not be possible in 2019," said a spokesman for the Euro T20 Slam.
"We want to ensure that the inaugural staging of the Euro T20 Slam provides the best springboard to making this a truly flagship event on the global cricket calendar.
"As such, we believe the right course of action is to postpone the Slam to a further date. This will give us the necessary breathing space to ensure we are ready to go."
The six-team league comprised of Dublin Chiefs, Belfast Titans, Edinburgh Rocks, Glasgow Giants, Amsterdam Knights and Rotterdam Rhinos.
The Euro T20 Slam was scheduled to compose of 33 matches played across three weeks from August 30 onwards.