Three qualifiers for the T20 Men’s World Cup in Africa and Asia – tournaments with pathways to the 2022 show in Australia – have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game’s governing body, the ICC, said on Thursday.
The Asia A qualifier, which was to be hosted between April 3 and 9, featuring Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, will now be played in Kuwait between October 23 and 29.
The decisions were made due to new restrictions imposed by several participating countries to suspend sporting activities to limit the spread of new variants of COVID-19, thus preventing teams from training enough.
The other contributing factor was the extensive quarantine requirements for visiting teams on their return to their respective countries.
The qualifiers for the subregional tournaments for Africa A and B for the Men’s T20 World Cup were to be held in South Africa in April this year and were rescheduled for October 25-31.
Qualification A includes Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland and Uganda, while Qualification B includes Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Saint Helena and Tanzania.
“The delays were confirmed as a result of the process undertaken for the overall planning of ICC’s COVID-19 after consultation with members and relevant governmental and public health authorities,” the statement said.
“The ICC Men’s Qualification for the Africa Men’s World Cup has already been confirmed to take place between 24 and 27 November in Nigeria with the participation of Kenya, Nigeria and the best teams in the Africa A and B Subregional Qualifications, respectively. to provide sufficient time for the sub-regional qualifications to be completed. “
In addition, the ICC U19 for Men at the World Cup in Asia 2 has also been canceled, as Thailand cannot host due to COVID-19 restrictions and there is no other suitable hosting option.
Bhutan, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Thailand were confirmed to participate in the event by Division 2.
Now Oman and Singapore have been upgraded to the Asian CWC Asia Men’s Under-19 qualifier, scheduled for September in the United Arab Emirates, as a result of both teams having the best records in the previous five editions of the CWC Men’s Qualifiers. 19 years.
The ICC U19 Men’s Qualification for Africa, Division 2, has been postponed to August 7-13 from June 2021 due to travel restrictions COVID-19, where hosts Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Sierra Leone will compete for Two Men Cricket World Cup U19 Africa Cup Qualifiers.
“The CWC Africa Junior Men’s Qualifying Dates have been confirmed from September 25 to October 1 and will host Nigeria with Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, which are also vying for a spot in the West Indies in early 2022,” he said. the governing body.
The 20-year-old ICC World Cup in Africa for women, which is a qualifying tournament for the show in 2023, has been rescheduled for October 3-11 from September to alleviate regional congestion in the calendar, including hosts Botswana, Cameroon and Namibia. , Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.