The ICC has announced the postponement of series nine of the Cricket World Cup League 2 and the second Cricket World Cup Challenge League B due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “With ongoing international travel restrictions and global health concerns still in place and on government and public health authority advice in relation to COVID-19 we have decided in partnership with Members, to postpone two further qualifying series which form part of the pathway to the World Cup in 2023.

(Paras Khadka fof Nepal receives MOM award from Adrian Griffith)

“Series nine of League 2 which was to be hosted in Scotland and the second series of Challenge League B due to take place in Uganda have both been impacted. We will now work with hosts and Members to find a window where they can be safely and practically rescheduled. The ICC’s priority continues to be to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community.”

Series nine of the CWC League 2 was to take place between 4 and 11 July in Scotland, with the hosts, Nepal and Namibia competing in six One Day Internationals.

The Cricket World Cup Challenge League B was due to take place in Uganda between 3 and 13 August, the 15 matches were scheduled to take place in the second League B event of the competition which involved the hosts, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey and Kenya.

The ICC will work with all participating Members to identify when both series - which form part of the World Cup 2023 qualification process - will be able to be staged.

There was no announcement on a new date for the postponed Women's World Cup qualifiers due to be held next month in Sri Lanka, while a decision on the fate of the Men's T20 World Cup was deferred until next month.