Two ICC Europe qualifiers moved to Spain
Due to ongoing Covid limitations in the UK, two pathway events have been shifted to Spain, according to the ICC. From the 26th to the 30th of August and the 19th to the 25th of September, La Manga will host the European Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and the European Men’s U19 World Cup Qualifier, respectively.
ICC Second Tier Of Men’s ODI Cricket
League 2, the ICC’s second tier of men’s ODI cricket, has been suspended for more than 18 months, with Nepal hosting the United States and Oman in the most recent League 2 series in February of last year. The competition, which serves as a gateway to the global qualifier for the 2023 World Cup, has only seen five of the 21 scheduled series played thus far.
The first event to be relocated from Scotland to Spain is the Europe Qualifier to the 2023 women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa
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Cancellation Of Another African Pathway Event
Meanwhile, the continued pandemic has prompted the cancellation of another African pathway event, the Africa Division 2 U19 Men’s World Cup Qualifier. As a result of their prior performances, Tanzania and Rwanda will proceed to the Division 1 Qualifier, while Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone will be eliminated.
“Whilst it is disappointing that Denmark and Guernsey will not be able to participate in the U19 Regional Qualifier, we are grateful for the efforts of everyone involved to enable these events to be rescheduled and give us the best possible chance of restarting ICC pathway events in Europe. The relocation of both events from Scotland to Spain will hopefully provide us with the first ICC pathway events since February last year.
“Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Africa, we had no other option but to cancel the Division 2 Africa Qualifier in the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup pathway. Under the principles approved by the ICC Board in November 2020, Tanzania and Rwanda will participate in the Africa U19 Regional Final in Nigeria from 25 September to 1 October.
“The sixth series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 between Scotland, Nepal, and Namibia is now postponed to July 2022. We tried our best to play the series, but the tightening of restrictions in Namibia left us with no alternative but to postpone the event.”.
Cricket Scotland Chief Executive, Gus Mackay said: “It is disappointing that the Men’s CWC League 2 series has not been able to go ahead. We know that it is possible to create safe environments where cricket can be played but moving teams around the world within the constantly changing landscape of COVID-19 travel restrictions is challenging.
“I’d like to thank everyone at the ICC, Nepal, Namibia, Cricket Espana, and Cricket Scotland who have worked hard behind the scenes to give these matches the best chance of going ahead. I’m also grateful to Desert Springs, which is a fantastic facility, for all their hard work in obtaining the required approvals from local authorities and we are looking forward to the events taking place in La Manga.
“While Scottish Government regulations on travel mean that we were unable to host any international ICC events in 2021, I hope that those regulations will be reviewed soon to allow international cricket to restart in this country.”
“Cricket Espana is delighted to have the opportunity to host these two prestigious ICC pathway events.” Cricked Espana Chief Executive John Howden said.
“We feel the frustration of Cricket Scotland for not being able to host the matches, as also Cricket Finland and Cricket Belgium, who also have been denied Men’s T20 WC pathway event hosting opportunities this year through no fault of their own. Cricket Espana will endeavor to champion all their efforts to make both tournaments wonderful successes.”