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The International Cricket Council today has announced further action in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

After careful evaluation of the current situation and with the health and well-being of the global cricket family the priority, all ICC qualifying events due to take place before 30 June will be postponed subject to further review. The decision has been taken in conjunction with Members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice.

The global health risks, closure of country borders and widespread travel restrictions, means the following ICC events will now be postponed:

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Asia – Host Kuwait; 16 – 21 April
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub- Regional Qualifier– Africa – Host South Africa; 27 April – 3 May
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Namibia; 20 – 27 April
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Europe – Host Spain; 16 – 22 May
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host PNG; 9-16 June           
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier C – Europe – Host Belgium; 10 – 16 June
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Asia – Host Malaysia; 26 June – 2 July
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Europe– Host Finland; 24 – 30 June

All remaining Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifying events for 2020 are listed below. These events are being continually monitored with relevant stakeholders and Members.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Scotland – 3-11 July 2020
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B – Host Uganda – 3 -13 August 2020
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Americas – Host Canada; 18 – 24 August
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Challenge League A – Host Malaysia – 30 September – 10 October
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Europe – Host TBC – September TBC
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Namibia – September TBC
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host UAE – December TBC
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Africa – Host and dates TBC
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – EAP Host and dates TBC

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka between 3-19 July is also being monitored and kept under review.

In addition, after careful evaluation the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan will not be commencing in April as originally planned. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and in partnership with Members and Nissan will evaluate the potential for a condensed Trophy Tour with a revised itinerary at a point closer to the event.

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “In light of the significant global health concerns at the current time and the restrictions on movement imposed by governments across the world, the ICC has taken the decision to postpone all events up until the end of June subject to further review.

“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 felt that now was the right time to take a prudent decision on these events before further planning is undertaken and to provide clarity to everyone involved. 

“Work will continue on contingency plans and options for both men’s qualification pathways. We will provide updates in due course on these plans and decisions on the staging of the remaining events this year. I would like to thank all hosts and participating Members for their support and understanding in reaching this position and we are unified in our hopes and intention to get cricket back on as soon as is safe and practical to do so.”

Full breakdown of events and participating Members.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 qualification

Qualification to ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021Host and DatesParticipating Members
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Asia –POSTPONEDHost Kuwait
16 – 21 April
Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub-Regional Qualifier – AfricaPOSTPONEDHost South Africa27 April – 3 MayBotswana​, Cameroon​, Ghana​,  Uganda​, Lesotho​, Malawi​, Mozambique, Rwanda​,  Seychelles​, Sierra Leone, St Helena​, Swaziland​, ​ and Tanzania​​
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Europe –POSTPONEDHost Spain
16 – 22 May
Bulgaria​, Cyprus​, France​, Israel, Italy​, Malta​, Norway​, Spain
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier C – EuropePOSTPONEDHost Belgium10 – 16 JuneAustria​, Belgium​, Czech Rep​ublic, Denmark​, Isle of Man​, Portugal​, Romania​, Serbia
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – EuropePOSTPONEDHost Finland
24 – 30 June
Finland, Gibraltar​, Germany​, Greece​, Guernsey​, Hungary​, Luxembourg​ and Sweden
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – AsiaPOSTPONEDHost Malaysia
26 June – 2 July
Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – AmericasHost Canada
18-24 August
Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Panama, USA
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – EuropeHost TBC September TBCJersey, Q1, Q2, Q3
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Africa Host and dates TBCKenya, Nigeria, Q1, Q2
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – EAP Host and dates TBCCook Islands​, Fiji​, Indonesia​, Japan​, Philippines, Samoa​, South Korea​, Vanuatu​​

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification

Qualification to ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023Host and DatesParticipating Members
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League APOSTPONEDHost Malaysia
16-26 March
Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2POSTPONEDHost USA
30 March – 8 April
Scotland, UAE, USA
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 POSTPONEDHost Namibia
20-27 April
Namibia, Nepal, Scotland 
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 POSTPONEDHost PNG
9-16 June
Nepal, PNG, UAE 
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2Host Scotland
3-11 July
Nepal, Namibia, Scotland,
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League BHost Uganda –3 -13 AugustBermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya, Uganda
Rescheduled ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League AHost Malaysia
30 September – 10 October
Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2Host Namibia – September TBCNamibia, PNG, USA
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2Host UAE – December TBCUAE, Namibia, Oman

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