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ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers till July
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ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers till July

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has postponed all qualifier competitions for next year's T20 World Cup and the 2023 World Cup in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The global health crisis caused by the exponential growth of COVID-19 cases has wreaked havoc on international sport, prompting the ICC to defer all tournaments scheduled to be held before June 30.

The qualifiers expected to take place in Kuwait, South Africa, Namibia, Spain, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Malaysia and Finland have all been drastically affected.

The "global health risks, closure of country borders and widespread travel restrictions" were cited by cricket's governing body as the main reasons for putting the events on hold.

The qualifiers cancelled till further notice include:

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final - Americas

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Challenge League A

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final

Most of these competitions were part of the process of qualification for the 2021 T20 World Cup, which will be hosted by India. The world's second-most populous country will also the 50-over World Cup in 2023.

Additionally, the T20 World Cup trophy tour, slated to commence in April, will not go ahead as per the initial itinerary.

Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events, noted that the apex cricketing body was evaluating the situation and chalking out plans for the rest of the tournaments under its purview this year.

“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," he stated.