By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
THE two remaining series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup challenge league A has been rescheduled due to Covid -19, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.
The world cup which forms part of the qualifying pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India; was scheduled to see the remaining 30 List A matches played in the final two series of the competition.
The decision to reschedule was due to current Covid-19 restrictions and suspension of sporting activities.
The ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said the pandemic has led to the rescheduling of the two matches.
“We have been actively working on contingency planning with participating Members across all ICC World Cup pathways and as a result have rescheduled two more events. The two Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A series have been moved to provide members with the best possible chance of hosting in line with current Covid -19 guidance and restrictions within their country. Our collective aim is to give all ICC pathway events the best possible chance of being played and for qualification to be determined on the field of play.
“We will continue to monitor and assess all events across our pathway structures with the ICC’s priority continuing to be to protect the well being of players, coaches, officials and fan,” he said.
Six teams namely; Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu were scheduled to play the second series in Canada between 15 -28 August 2021 and the third series in Malaysia in 2022. The Malaysia event has been pushed further to November / December 2021 and Canada series to July to August 2022.