The International Cricket Council (ICC) has shifted the World Cricket League Division-III to Malaysia from Uganda sighting security reasons.
The Division-III, a gateway to ICC World Cricket League Championship and Inter Continental Cup, was initially proposed to Nepal but Uganda were announced as the hosts for the event. It was widely believed that the corruption charges over 10 CAN officials was the reason the world cricket governing body considered over its hosting.
But on Tuesday, ICC said the venue has been once shifted to Malaysia due to safety and security reasons. Though ICC has not elaborated on the ‘safety and security’ reasons but the tournament was already in doubt after the viral disease Ebola killed more than 2500 people in the African continent.
A lot of sporting events have been shifted from the African continent in the recent past. Kuala Lumpur will now host the Division-III from October 23-30. Ugandan cricket board were preparing for a October 26 to November 2 event.
Announcing the decision, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The safety and security of players and officials is of paramount importance to the ICC, and despite the excellent cooperation received from the Ugandan government and the Uganda Cricket Association, due to recent events beyond the control of the ICC and the Uganda Cricket Association, we were ultimately uncertain if a secure environment could still be provided.
Nepal will participate along with the hosts country Malaysia, Singapore, Uganda and the USA in the Division-III. The tournament schedule is yet to be released.