The Euro T20 Slam Cricket tournament organizers on Wednesday announced its postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Euro T20 Slam Cricket Tournament has been postponed for the second year due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced on Wednesday. The competition which involves a six-city franchise based in Ireland, Scotland & the Netherlands was due to start in 2019 but was postponed shortly before its start date. 20-20 stars include New Zealand’s Martin Guptill England’s World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi had all been lined up to play. Organisers said that there is very little “glimmer of hope” that the competition could be launched this year.
But they said in a statement issued on Wednesday that “continued uncertainty around the impacts of COVID-19 on international travel, quarantine requirements and the status of fan attendance at matches has scuppered plans for the current season”.
Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren said, “The Slam Board reluctantly reached the conclusion that the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and compromises being made to the original objectives did not make it a viable start in 2020.” He stressed the continuous commitment towards the competition. “Even if it takes until the third time of asking, we still very much believe in the viability, purpose, and interest in a European T20 franchise concept, and will continue to do our best to bring it to fruition,” he said.