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Great Quake snatches U-19 World Cup Qualifier from Nepal

The April 25 Great Quake has not only accounted for numerous lives and left Nepal devastated. It has also deprived Nepal of the hosting rights of the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier slated for August 14-23.

The International Cricket Council on Thursday decided to relocate the Qualifier to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia following a reassessment of the hosting conditions in Nepal.

Nepal were previously named the hosts for the tournament, an opportunity that would have not only brought international cricket back to the country but also give a chance to the country’s cricket governing body to prove themselves.

But with the 7.9 earthquake striking Nepal on April 25, the cripple infrastructures of the country suggested otherwise.

“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,” ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson said in a release.

Nepal, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Uganda and the United States of America will battle it out for the only remaining berth for the 2016 ICC U-19 World Cup that will be held in Bangladesh.

After finishing second in the 2014 ACC U-19 Premier in Kuwait, Nepal had to find a way to return to the tournament through the Qualifiers. Afghanistan qualified for the U-19 World Cup from Asia after winning the U-19 Premier.

Richardson, meanwhile, said the ICC will help Nepal to develop its cricket in every possible way. “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,” Richardson added.

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