The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A scheduled to be held in Malaysia next week joins a long list of sport events postponed due to the global coronavirus outbreak.
The March 16 to 26 tournament was set to feature Canada, Denmark, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu and Malaysia in the second round of the league.
However, potential travel restrictions meant the 11-day tournament had to be put off to an unannounced future date.
“We have been monitoring the situation very closely and have concluded that the best course of action is to postpone the event owing to the increasing travel difficulties between countries and the potential uncertainty around teams returning home,” International Cricket Council head of events Chris Tetley said in a statement.
“I would like to thank the Malaysian Cricket Association and all participating members for their support. The wellbeing of everyone involved is our first priority and we look forward to the event being played later in the year.”
The Challenge League is part of the qualifying process for the oen-day 2023 World Cup in India.
In the first round of Challenge League A held in Malaysia last year, Canada topped the standings with eight points ahead of Singapore on net run-rate. They are followed by Qatar (six), Denmark (four), Malaysia (two) and Vanuatu (two).