Please note that due to the ongoing health situation with regards to the Covid-19, the Western Women's T20 scheduled for May 7 - 9, 2021 has been postponed. Cricket Canada will continue to monitor the situation and do it's best to hold this event at a later date if possible.
The Cricket Canada board has called a Special General Meeting of members, to be held via video conference on May 15th, 2021 to consider changes to the organization's by-laws. Full details have been provided to all provincial members.
The ICC has decided to reschedule World Challenge League matches. Their statement is provided below:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that the two remaining series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A have been rescheduled due to COVID-19.
The Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A, which forms part of the qualifying pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, was scheduled to see the remaining 30 List A matches played in the final two series of the competition.
Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu were due to play the second series in Canada between 15 and 28 August 2021 and the third series in Malaysia in 2022. The Malaysia event has been brought forward to November/December 2021 and the Canada series pushed back to July/August 2022.
The decision to reschedule both series was taken due to ongoing restrictions and suspension of sporting activities as part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning of COVID-19. Following extensive consultation with Members, relevant government and public health authorities, it was decided the best opportunity for countries to host and for qualification to be determined on the field of play was to reschedule.
Canada currently lead Singapore on net run rate with both teams on eight points in the standings. The top team at the culmination of the competition will secure one of the six places in the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off to be held in 2023, alongside the table topper in Challenge League B and the bottom four teams in the Men’s CWC League 2.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We have been actively working on contingency planning with participating Members across all ICC World Cup pathways and as a result have rescheduled two more events.
“The two Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A series have been moved to provide Members with the best possible chance of hosting in line with current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions within their country. Our collective aim is to give all ICC pathway events the best possible chance of being played and for qualification to be determined on the field of play.
“We will continue to monitor and assess all events across our pathway structures with the ICC’s priority continuing to be to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials and fans.”
This year’s Global T20 (GT20) Canada will be played in Malaysia between June – July, 2021. With the travel and health restrictions currently in place, there was considerable uncertainty as to whether this year’s tournament could be held in Canada in June –July as scheduled, hence the decision to have it moved to Malaysia. The tournament will return to Canada next year for its 2022 4th Season.
Commenting on the decision to have Malaysia host the 2021 Gt20 3rd Season, which was made jointly by Cricket Canada, the Malaysian Cricket Association and the Tournament’s owners Bombay Sports, Cricket Canada President Rashpal Bajwa said: “Cricketers and fans of cricket within Canada will naturally be disappointed that this year’s third edition of our world class Gt20 tournament cannot be held in Canada due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and the Canadian health guidelines. Cricket Canada, however, understands and fully supports our health authorities. We are also very positive in looking forward to hosting the tournament in Canada, once the pandemic is sufficiently ended and the safety of all concerned can be assured. In the interim we are now very excited to share with all Canadians and cricket lovers across the world that our good friends at the Malaysian Cricket Association have stepped up to help us host this year’s GT20 Season 3 in Malaysia with the necessary local health approvals. We are looking forward to a very exciting Third edition of GT20 Canada in Malaysia!”
Owned and managed by Bombay Sports Co, Ltd. GT20 is currently North America’s only annual professional tournament. The GT20 League features six teams each composed of ten international cricketers from ICC full and associate member nations and including two world renowned marquee players. Each of the six participating 2021 GT20 teams will also include three Canadian national team members and an identical number of Canadian emerging cricketers. There will also be one Malaysian national player on each team.
The Malaysia hosted 2021 GT20 3rd Season will consist of twenty-two matches played over eighteen days. All twenty-two matches will be played at the Kinrara Oval in Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur.
GT20’s first two Seasons played in Toronto during the 2018 and 2019 summer months attracted some of global cricket’s very best T20 players. Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh. Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, David Warner, Steve Smith, Brendon McCullum, Thisara Perera, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine were among the many world renowned T20 players who participated in GT20’s first two seasons.
With an estimated global fan base of well over 1 billion, cricket is one of the world’s most popular and multicultural sports. As one of its annual world class tournaments, GT20 has to date enjoyed unprecedented global reach. GT20’s 2021 Season 3 will certainly receive an electrifying welcome from cricket fans all over the world.
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