The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting the international cricket hard, especially the age group international cricket. Since February this year, no age group international event could be organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) or any of it’s affiliate members. Now the forthcoming Under-19 Asia Cup, that was scheduled to be played in November in the UAE also has been postponed. Not only this, according to a report ICC’S inaugural Under19 Women’s World Cup also will be a non-started due to the havoc created by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Under 19 Asia Cup postponed, Senior Asia Cup scheduled for June 2021 in Colombo
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has declared that the Under-19 Asia Cup tournament scheduled for November in UAE stands postponed. According to the ACC representative, the tournament will be shifted to sometime in 2021.
Meanwhile, ACC has zeroed down on the window of June next year to hold the Men’s T20 ASIA Cup. For ACC this is the most crucial event in their calendar. In an 4 year rights cycle, the said tournament brings in 40-45% of the total revenues for ACC. In all likelihood, the T20 Asia Cup will be played in Colombo next year. The tournament was actually scheduled to be played in the month of September this year but was postponed due to Covid-19.
ICC Under 19 Women World Cup non-starter this year
Meanwhile, another setback to age group & women cricket in particular, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) is unlikely to roll out the inaugural women’s U-19 World Cup According to a report by Times of India, the world body has more or less made up its mind to defer the tournament for unspecified time. The tournament was expected to be rolled out in the month of Jan 2021 but now the project according to the report has been suspended.
“The cricket boards were told that the event has been indefinitely postponed. Even the Indian cricket board (BCCI) has not gone ahead with its plans of putting together a team,” a BCCI source has been quoted TOI.