The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Americas, Qualifier to the ICC U19 Menís Cricket World Cup have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Based on guidelines approved by the ICC Development Committee and the ICC Board, the three events cannot be staged. Therefore, Canada, who was to host the Qualifiers will progress to the ICC U19 Menís Cricket World Cup 2022 on the basis of them securing the most wins in the last five Under 19 qualifying events in each respective region.
Member approved ICC COVID guidelines for all pathway events, which for the Under 19s specifically took into account the duty of care required for minors, clearly outline the parameters under which the events can or canít go ahead due to COVID restrictions.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: ďIt is incredibly disappointing that the regional qualifier to the ICC U19 Menís Cricket World Cup has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Under the Member approved guidelines, where teams have withdrawn due to the impact caused by the pandemic, we had no other alternative but to cancel these three events.
ďWe have worked closely with all Members to try to ensure results can be determined on the field of play, however for these events it was not possible. Canada, will progress to the Under 19 Menís CWC in line with the decision taken by the ICC Board in November 2020 in relation to cancelled qualifying events.Ē