DUBAI       –            With the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic probably lasting a number of extra months, sports activities directors are on edge, with the showpiece occasion of the 12 months, the summer time Olympics in Tokyo, prone to be postponed. Cricket, which is performed all 12 months, has come to a standstill, too, for the primary time since World Struggle II.

So what’s at stake for the sport, how a lot of will probably be hit? ESPNcricinfo takes a have a look at the foremost tournaments and collection which might be scheduled for the rest of this 12 months, a lot of which is about to be affected by the pandemic.

World Take a look at Championship

Dates: Began in July 2019, presently held up

Groups taking part: 9

The WTC bought off the blocks instantly after the 2019 males’s 50-over World Cup. A match to be contested between the highest 9 Take a look at-playing international locations, the WTC was devised by the ICC as a marquee occasion culminating in a ultimate between the highest two groups on the desk in June 2021 at Lord’s. A most of 120 factors per collection is at stake with every group enjoying six collection–three at dwelling and three away–within the interval. Nonetheless, whereas some groups have performed a fair proportion of their six collection, some groups are but to get began in earnest, and lots of collection have been scheduled for the remainder of this 12 months.

The next collection are prone to be affected in case no cricket is performed in 2020

March: Sri Lanka v England–two Checks

June: England v West Indies–three Checks

July-August: England v Pakistan–three Checks

July: West Indies v South Africa–two Checks

July: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka–three Checks

August: Bangladesh v New Zealand–two Checks

November-December: New Zealand v West Indies–three Checks

December-January (2021): Australia v India–4 Checks

December-January (2021): New Zealand v Pakistan–two Checks

ODI League

Dates: Scheduled to begin on Might 1

Groups taking part: 13

Alongside the WTC, the ICC had additionally accredited the ODI League, to be performed between Might 1 this 12 months and March 31, 2022, which might function a qualification pathway for the 2023 males’s World Cup, to be performed in India. There could be 13 groups, together with the 12 Take a look at-playing international locations together with the Netherlands, that play eight collection over a two-year cycle on a home-and-away foundation in opposition to mutually agreed opponents.

The ICC is but to finalise the enjoying circumstances for the league, which it’s scheduled to do throughout the upcoming ICC Board conferences, scheduled over teleconference later this month. India (as hosts) plus the seven next-highest-ranked sides within the league as on March 31, 2022 will qualify straight for the 2023 World Cup, whereas the underside 5 will get a second probability to make the grade by means of a qualifier.

The Hundred

Dates: July 17 to August 15 (males’s); July 22 to August 14 (girls’s)

Groups taking part: Eight every for women and men

The ECB is hoping their new format reaches audiences past the standard cricket fan, with reasonably priced tickets for households and the return of livine cricket to free-to-air TV. Minimize down from 120 balls in a T20 innings to only 100, it’s going to match neatly inside a three-hour prime time TV slot, with among the world’s largest stars set to characteristic.

Asia Cup

Dates: Scheduled for September

Groups taking part: 6

This six-team occasion, contested by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is scheduled for September. It is going to be performed within the T20 format with the PCB enjoying host. Later this month, the Asian Cricket Council is prone to finalise the venue for the Asia Cup.

Males’s T20 World Cup

Dates: October 18 to November 15

Groups taking part: 16

After the profitable organisation of the ladies’s occasion, Australia is about to play hosts to the boys’s T20 World Cup later this 12 months too. Final November, six groups–Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Eire, Namibia, Scotland and Oman–made the reduce for the match after ending within the high six of the qualifiers. These six, together with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will contest within the qualifying stage of the T20 World Cup. The highest 4 from that may progress to hitch the top-eight groups to contest within the Tremendous12s stage, the place the groups have been break up into two teams.

ICC Girls’s ODI


Dates: Began in 2017 and scheduled to finish in 2020

Groups taking part: 8

The championship is the pathway by means of which the highest 4 groups on the factors desk qualify for the 2021 Girls’s ODI World Cup, which can be performed between February 6 and March 7 in New Zealand. New Zealand qualify as hosts. The remaining three slots can be stuffed after a qualifier, which is scheduled for July in Sri Lanka. Australia, defending champions England, and South Africa have already booked their berths primarily based on the factors they’ve earned within the Championship. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies are the opposite groups within the fray. Primarily based on the factors earned to this point, India and Pakistan have the chance to qualify straight.

The next ODI Championship collection are prone to be affected in case no cricket is performed in 2020

March: South Africa v Australia

Unscheduled: New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Unscheduled: Pakistan v India

With inputs from Paul Muchmore and Peter Della Penna

Affect on Affiliate cricket

The World Cup League and the World Cup Problem League, two primary tournaments that represent the pathway to the 2023 males’s World Cup Qualifier in 2022, are prone to be affected.

World Cup League

USA–April 1-8: USA, Scotland, UAE (postponed)

Namibia–April 20-27: Namibia, Scotland, Nepal

Papua New Guinea–June 9-16: PNG, Nepal, UAE

Scotland–July 4-11: Scotland, Nepal, Namibia

Namibia–September (dates tbc): Namibia, USA, PNG

World Cup Problem League

Malaysia–March 16-26 (Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, Vanuatu, Denmark) postponed

Uganda–July 29-August 8: Uganda, Italy, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Kenya, Jersey)

Different collection

Netherlands Quadrangular ODI Collection -June 22-27 (Netherlands, Namibia, USA, Oman)

2021 T20 World Cup Regional Qualifiers

Europe: Group A–Might 16-22 La Manga, Spain; Group B–June 24-30, Finland; Group C–June 10-16, Brussels/Ghent, Belgium

Americas: August 16-27, Toronto

Asia: Japanese Area April 2020 in Kuwait; Western Area, TBD

Africa: Group A–April 25-Might 4, South Africa; Group B–June/July in Rwanda

East Asia-Pacific: TBD