A fire broke out at the Harare Sports Club on June 18, 2023, the venue for the ICC World Cup 2023 qualifiers. The fire caused significant damage to the stadium, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that the venue will need to be inspected before it can be used for the qualifiers.
The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, and it took firefighters several hours to bring it under control. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it is believed to have started in the stadium’s dressing rooms.
The fire caused significant damage to the stadium, including the destruction of the dressing rooms, the media centre, and the canteen. The playing surface was also damaged, but it is not clear to what extent.
The ICC has said that the Harare Sports Club will need to be inspected before it can be used for the qualifiers. The qualifiers are scheduled to take place from July 11 to 21, 2023, and the ICC will need to make a decision on whether or not the qualifiers can be held at the Harare Sports Club by the end of this week.
The fire at the Harare Sports Club is a major setback for the ICC World Cup 2023 qualifiers. The qualifiers are a crucial tournament for the teams that are hoping to qualify for the World Cup, and the ICC will need to find a replacement venue if the Harare Sports Club is not able to be used.