The International Cricket Council ha today announced the postponement of two Cricket events that were scheduled to take place soon. This follows the impact that the noxious respiratory disease has had on the Sports sector. The disease has hit hard every sport in the world since the start of March after the disease quickly spread to all corners of the world after its discovery in Wuhan China. Head of Events at the ICC Chris Tetley made the revelation during a briefing with all the stakeholders involved in the planning of the game. Tetley said that due to travel bans and general health concern at the moment, the best thing was to follow both the government and public health's advice and postpone the upcoming cricket events.
The two cricket tournaments that have been postponed include the ICC Women World Cup qualifiers that were scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka between 3rd and 19th July. These qualifiers were meant to produce three teams that will proceed to New Zealand for the 2021 World Cup campaign scheduled for October. This other event to be postponed is the European qualifiers for the 2022 under-19 World Cup. The journey to under nineteen Cricket World Cup was set to commence in Denmark from 24th to 30th July this year. However, the world governing body has now swiftly moved in and taken the necessary actions required during these trying times as people stay indoors in bid to curb the spread of the deadly viral disease that has killed more than two hundred thousand people globally.
In addition, the Head of Events at the ICC has confirmed that they will closely work with all the stakeholders involved in planning these qualifiers to determine the dates that they will be held. Tetley said that the priority of the International Cricket Council is to protect the health of those who are involved in the beautiful game. According to him, the priority of the body is to protect the security and health of players, officials, coaches and the passionate fanatics who have supported the game all through. Owing to the general situation in the world now, the ICC decided to postpone them the same way other sporting tournaments have been postponed with the 2020 Olympics and European Football Tournament being the most notable events that have been rescheduled due to the adverse effects of the respiratory disease.
More so, there are other cricket games that are supposed to be held in different continents as the fight to 2022 Under-19 World Cup begins. The Asian qualifiers are set to take place in Thailand between 1st and 9th December while the the other tournament will be held in Tanzania between 7th and 14th August. This Tanzanian tournament is also in high doubt as the country is battling a surge in the number of new infections. The country's health situation is in danger as the government has not introduced travel restrictions nor safety measures like ban of mass gatherings hence putting the health of its citizens in jeopardy. For now though, everybody's wish and prayer is that the ailment be managed so that all sporting activities resume as life without sports is too boring.
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