Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom has spoken of his 'deep disappointment' after Euro T20 Slam organisers cancelled the 2019 tournament just two weeks ahead of its supposed launch.
The warning signs were there when the Canadian version of the competition - with the same organisers - ran into difficulties over non-payment to players, forcing one match to start two hours behind schedule while a deal was thrashed out to settle the grievances.
It's a major blow to the boards of Cricket Ireland, Scotland and the KNCB, who were hoping for not only a major cash injection, but also exposure for their cricketers ahead of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers this October.
“We are deeply disappointed with the decision, however, fully empathise with the rationale that has led to the tournament’s postponement," said Deutrom.
“We would like to acknowledge the enormous work that has gone into planning for the Slam behind the scenes – the clubs, the local councils, business partners and sponsors, and the many, many hours put in by staff in Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland and KNCB to support this undertaking. All of this groundwork is not in vain, as it will be the bedrock on which we support the event next year.
“We will continue to engage with the event organisers to ensure all commitments are met to their fullest extent, including any receivables owing to Cricket Ireland itself. We will additionally be seeking increased comfort that the organisers will be able to avoid a repeat of this year’s challenges in future editions.”