Cricket qualifiers for the Women’s World Cup next year and the 2022 Under-19 World Cup both in July have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governing body of the game said Tuesday.
The International Cricket Council reported that it took the decision as part of its “comprehensive contingency planning process and after consultation”.
The women’s qualifiers were due to take place in Sri Lanka from July 3-19, with three berths available in New Zealand for the 2021 edition.
Qualifying for the 2022 U-19 tournament was set to start with a 24-30 July European regional tournament in Denmark.
“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community,” said Chris Tetley, ICC head of events.
He added that the ICC would attempt to find a “appropriate window” for rescheduling “as soon as this is safe and practical.”
The ICC added that two remaining regional U-19 qualifiers, which were scheduled for Tanzania and Thailand later this year, are under review.
Earlier the ICC had shut down all qualifiers until July for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup and the 2023 50-over World Cup.
The governing body said last month it was also preparing to host the men’s Twenty20 World Cup from October in Australia.