Nepal was due to host the five-team competition, but after a series of assessments following the recent earthquakes, it has been decided to relocate the event to the Malaysian capital
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier will take place from 14 to 23 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Nepal was due to host the five-team competition, however, following a series of assessments following the recent earthquakes which devastated the country, it has been decided to relocate the event to the Malaysian capital.
In coming to this decision, the ICC coordinated with a range of local authorities, including the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).
Announcing the decision, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Due to the tragic events in Nepal in recent months, coupled with the infrastructure damage caused by the earthquakes and the ongoing relief operations, it has been decided that it would be better to relocate the tournament from Kathmandu.
“Thankfully, the Malaysian Cricket Association has offered to host the tournament, and, based on previous experience including the successful hosting of the ICC WCL Division 3 last year on short notice, we anticipate a successful event in Kuala Lumpur.
“The decision was made following discussions with CAN. In the meantime, the ICC remains committed to assisting the development of cricket in Nepal and will be discussing a range of options in this regard at its next Board meeting in October.”
The five teams competing in the event are Ireland, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Uganda and USA.
The full schedule, squads and match officials for the tournament will be released in due course.