The COVID-19 pandemic continued to take a toll on the sporting calendar with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday (July 23) postponing this year's qualifying events for two separate tournaments due to the global health crisis. <p></p> <p></p>The ICC has postponed September's Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 series to be hosted in Namibia and the U19 Cricket World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 due to take place in August in Tanzania. <p></p> <p></p>The World Cup League 2 series, which was to be hosted in Namibia in September, was part of the qualification for the 2023 World Cup -- involving Namibia, Papua New Guinea and the United States, the ICC said in a statement. <p></p> <p></p>The U19 World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 in Africa was due to take place in Tanzania between August 7 and 14, involving Botswana?, Kenya?, Mozambique?, Rwanda?, Sierra Leone and the host country. <p></p> <p></p>The ICC said its priority continues to be to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community. <p></p> <p></p>"With ongoing international travel restrictions, global health concerns still prominent 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 events," ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said. <p></p> <p></p>The game's governing body further said that the remaining U19 World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 event in Asia scheduled between December 1 and 9 in Thailand is being monitored and kept under review. <p></p> <p></p>The ICC on Monday postponed the T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to take place in October-November this year in Australia, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. <p></p> <p></p>In addition to this, the 2023 50-over World Cup in India was pushed from March-April to the November window to give more time for the qualification process.