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ICC Postpones T20 Americas Qualifier

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Cricket Council [ICC] has made a decision to postpone the ICC T20 Americas Qualifier 2020, an event which the Bermuda Men’s National Cricket Team was set to compete in.

A BCB spokesperson said, “The International Cricket Council [ICC] has announced the postponement of the ICC T20 Americas Qualifier 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“The event in which the Bermuda Men’s National Cricket Team was set to compete in, was due to take place between 16 – 27 August in Canada is now postponed until 2021.

“As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process across all ICC events and after consultation with Members and with the relevant government and public health authorities the decision has been taken to put a number of events on hold.

“Along with the T20, Bermuda was to compete in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B, due to take place in Uganda between 3 and 13 August. The 15 matches were scheduled to take place in the second League B event of the competition and also involved Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey and Kenya.

“The ICC will work with all participating Members to identify when — which form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket qualification process will be able to be staged.

Fara Gorsi, ICC Americas Regional Develolment Manager, said: “Unfortunately due to ongoing international travel restrictions and global health concerns still in place and on government and public health authority advice in relation to COVID-19, it is vital the safety of the Cricket Community is at forefront”.

BCB President, Lloyd Smith, added: “The BCB approves of the action taken by the ICC and will use this time to review our domestic league and national team programming. We look forward to rejoining the ICC schedule of competitions in 2021 as soon as possible.”