ICC shuts down World Cup cricket qualifiers till July

Paola Ditto
Marzo 27, 2020

The move will enable fans around the world to watch memorable cricket matches, highlights and ICC films at a time live sport programming stands disrupted due to the coronavirus.

The virus outbreak, which was first reported in December 2019 from Wuhan city of China, has so far claimed the lives of more than 22,000 people and has affected more than 4,80,000 persons globally. "Our commitment to the health and safety of players, officials, staff and fans is our priority when taking these decisions and we must act responsibly in the best interests of all involved and be guided by official advice. We will provide updates in due course on these plans and decisions on the staging of the remaining events this year".

Cricket's governing body postponed a swathe of qualifiers for next year's Twenty20 World Cup and the 2023 50-over World Cup on Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on worldwide sport.

The ICC Men's T20 World Cup Trophy Tour will also not be commencing in April as originally planned.

The ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka between July 3-19 is also being monitored and kept under review.

ICC chief Manu Sawhney said: "The need to connect with our fan communities is perhaps greater than ever".

Video of International Cricket Council events dating back to the 1975 World Cup will be available to broadcasters.

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