The remaining two series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A have resulted in rescheduling due to the ongoing COVID-19. The decision to reschedule came in the wake of restrictions and suspension of sporting activities and is a part of cricket’s apex body’s contingency planning for the pandemic. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League forms a part of the qualifying pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023.
Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu were due to play the second series in Canada between 15th and 28th August this year, followed by the third in Malaysia in 2022. The Malaysia event would be conducted in November/December 2021, while the Canada series got pushed to July-August 2022. Currently, Canada leads Singapore on net run-rate with both the teams on eight points in the standings.
ICC Head of events Chris Tetley stated they have been actively working on contingency plans and participating members across ICC World Cup pathways and saw it best to conduct two more competitions. Tetley remarked that the Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A got sifted to provide the members with the best possible chance of staging the events, keeping in mind the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.
“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,” Tetley said as quoted by ICC’s official website.
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Chris Tetley further said that they aim to provide the best possible opportunity to allow all the members to qualify for the main event. Simultaneously, they would continue to track the developments across their pathway structures and prioritize the stakeholders’ and fans’ health.
“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 fans,” he added.