ICC changed the venues of two major World Cup Qualifiers due to Covid restrictions.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday took a big step forward in Europe’s ICC events. The two major World Cups Europe qualifiers, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the U19 Men’s World Cup, have now been shifted from Scotland to Spain due to the restrictions presented by the global pandemic.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which is slated to be hosted by South Africa in 2023 is the first major event to get relocation while the U19 Men’s World Cup 2022 is another.
The qualifiers of the Women’s T20 World Cup will now be held in La Manga from August 26-30 with France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Turkey fighting hard to get their seats reserved for the event. Amongst these, Turkey and France will be two nations playing their maiden women’s World Cup qualifiers.
In another relocation, the U19 Men’s World Cup Qualifiers are also rescheduled in La Manga, Spain due to the limitations formed by the pandemic, slated from September 19 to 25.
In the U19 ICC event countries like Ireland, Jersey, the Netherlands and Scotland will compete to get the one left seat.
“The decision to move the events to Spain was taken after a period of consultation with the participating countries and relevant governments, where it was determined that it was the best possible chance for the events to take place due to COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland,” said the ICC in a statement.
ICC cancelled U19 World Cup qualifiers of Africa:
The U19 World Cup qualifiers which were to be held in Africa have now been cancelled by the ICC due to covid 19 related issues. The teams like Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique and Sierra Leone faced severe losses as they were left behind due to their past records in the ICC calendars.
With no possibilities to host the qualifiers again, Tanzania and Rwanda were the two teams from Africa that got promoted owing to their previous records and stats.
ICC changed the venues of two major World Cup Qualifiers due to Covid restrictions