On Thursday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the relocation of two ICC Europe Qualifiers, namely the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier and the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Europe Qualifier from Scotland to Spain owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The international cricket governing body made the decision to in a bid to restart pathway events in Europe
Both the ICC Europe Qualifiers will now take place at La Manga. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup South Africa 2023 will take place from the 26th to the 30th of August. While the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 Europe Qualifier will now take place between 19 and 25 September.
The Women’s T20 Qualifier, will see France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Turkey all competing at La Manga. For the record, France and Turkey are taking part in an ICC women’s event for the first time.
On the other hand, the U19 men’s event will see Ireland, Jersey, the Netherlands and Scotland all compete for one U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup spot.
“Rescheduling the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Europe Qualifier to September was the only viable option to determine on the field of play, which team will qualify for the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022. The decision was taken in consultation with all participating Members, and consequently, Denmark and Guernsey will not be able to participate due to a clash with the European school calendar,” ICC confirmed in an official media release.
The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Division 2 Qualifier involving Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania has been called off due to COVID-19 restrictions in Africa.
Since there are no chances of rescheduling the games, consequently, Tanzania and Rwanda have now been promoted to the Africa Qualifier. This was done based on their records in the previous five editions of the U19 Men’s CWC qualifiers. The other teams competing for the remaining spot in the U19 Men’s CWC are Namibia, Nigeria, and Uganda.
In another update, the next month’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 series that involved contest among Scotland, Namibia, and Nepal has been shelved as a result of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases. The series has been pushed to July 2022. It will form part of League 2 which is two steps away from the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.