By Trevor Makonyonga
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has halted all cricket activities following the government implementation of stricter lockdown restrictions in order to curb the further spread of COVID-19.
In a statement, ZC said it has lodged an appeal to complete the ongoing South Africa A tour of Zimbabwe series.
“ZC puts all cricket activities on hold pending appeal Following a directive to suspend all sporting activities in the country as part of the latest COVID-19 lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government with effect from today, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has temporarily put on hold all cricket activities including the four-day match between Zimbabwe A and South Africa A which started on Sunday. ZC has, however, lodged an urgent appeal to the Government, through the Sports and Recreation Commission, for permission to complete the ongoing four-day international match as well as to continue with preparations for other upcoming international tours that we had already committed to. As we make this request, the health and safety of our players, support staff and our communities remains our top priority,” ZC wrote.
ZC added that they are capable of hosting matches safely as proven by the previous tournaments and tours they have hosted.
“Having successfully hosted international and domestic tournaments at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic under the bio-secure environment – with the matches being played behind closed doors with no spectators allowed in the stadia and with all those directly involved undergoing several tests for the coronavirus and staying in secluded accommodation facilities – we believe we are well-equipped and experienced enough to safely resume with our cricket activities. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.”