International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday postponed three regional qualifying tournaments for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup scheduled in Australia next year due to Covid-19.
Confirming the news through a statement, the world cricket governing body said that all three tournaments will now take place in October this year with Asia A qualifiers in Kuwait while South Africa hosts the two African events.
The qualifiers were initially scheduled to be played next month.
“The decision was taken … due to new restrictions being put in place by several participating countries to suspend sporting activities to limit the spread of the new Covid-19 variants…” the ICC said in a statement.
“The other contributing factor was the extensive quarantine requirements for the visiting teams on their return to their respective countries.”
The governing body also cancelled an Asian qualifier for next year’s Under-19 World Cup in West Indies.
“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,” ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said in a statement.