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Cricket-T20 World Cup regional qualifiers postponed due to COVID-19

PUBLISHED: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 07:16:44 GMT

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DUBAI, March 18 (Reuters) – Three regional qualifying tournaments for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia next year have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.

All three tournaments, originally to be played next month, would now be played in October with the Asia A qualifiers in Kuwait while South Africa hosts the two African events.

“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.”

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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. (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in Siliguri, India; editing by Peter Rutherford)

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