Third and Final Round of League A moves to Malaysia in September 2021
The latest round of announcements about re-scheduled cricket by the ICC tells how Canada, currently leading Cricket World Cup Challenge League A due to a better net run rate than Singapore, is to host the re-scheduled second round of matches in August 2021. The third and final round of matches will be played in Malaysia. It is imperative that Canada retain first place in Challenge League A as it is the only path to the next stage of qualification for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India.
The second round of matches in Challenge League A had originally been scheduled for Malaysia in September 2020 but was called off due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the re-scheduled dates may have to be changed if host countries and participating players and officials might be vulnerable to some continuing COVID-19 problems. But let’s hope things improve on a global basis.
The ICC’s position in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is: “The ICC Board has approved a detailed COVID-19 contingency plan in consultation with the ICC Medical Committee for all ICC Qualifying Events. The ICC’s priority is the protection and well-being of everyone involved in its events. Plans have been developed, which detail on-going risk management processes to monitor and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all hosts and participants.”
After Canada meets the imperative need to win Challenge League A, Canada would progress to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off that will be staged at a venue yet to be determined in 2023. Two teams will advance from the Qualifier playoff to the subsequent ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier that is to be played in Zimbawe from 18 June 2023 through 9 July 2023.
The target for Canada remains reaching the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. A target that involves winning a lot of games in order to reach the initial target of the Zimbabwe World Cup Qualifier in the northern summer of 2023.