Euro T20 Slam postponed to 2021 on account of Covid-19

Dublin, July 23

The inaugural version of the Euro T20 Slam, a brand new franchise league, has been postponed to 2021 on account of COVID-19 pandemic.

Efforts have been made to host the occasion someplace in 2020 following “positive talks” between organisers, monetary backers and cricket boards (Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands).

However, with continued uncertainty across the impacts of COVID-19 on worldwide journey, quarantine necessities and the standing of fan attendance at matches, the board of the event made the choice to postpone it until subsequent yr.

“We had been discussing in recent weeks alternative arrangements to get the competition started – single venue, reduced team and player pool, a shorter competition – and, given the speed with which we set up the tri-series between the three boards in Dublin last September, we felt confident to leave the decision as late as possible to give ourselves the best chance to make it work,” Warren Deutrom, the chief govt of Ireland Cricket said in a launch on Wednesday.

“However, we’ve got now run out of street, notably with the Irish authorities’s current determination to delay the subsequent stage of enjoyable its restrictions to August 10th and the Slam Board reluctantly reached the conclusion that the uncertainty attributable to the pandemic and compromises being made to the unique aims didn’t make it a viable begin in 2020.

“Prudent measures had to be taken, as to proceed now – only to have to pull the plug later due to a resurgent pandemic or unfavourable changes in playing or travel conditions — would risk the feasibility of the project. By making this decision now, the board has reduced all parties exposure to risk and – speaking from a Cricket Ireland perspective — removed any financial exposure at a time when financial headwinds are already a challenge.”

“I believe we have made, and will continue to make, decisions that give the concept the best chance to succeed, including being prudent in not proceeding if the circumstances aren’t right. The three participating cricket boards have also made it clear that the competition must deliver on the original objectives of providing high-quality cricket experiences for our players – that is the reason we set out on this road initially. 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 added.

Euro T20 Slam, a collaborative enterprise between Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland, the Netherlands’ KNCB and industrial companions GS Holdings, was initially scheduled to start on the finish of August in Amsterdam final yr and was to function two groups from every of Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands. However, it was then postponed to 2020. — IANS

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