Zimbabwe Cricket puts all cricket activities on hold due to rising Covid-19 cases

Zimbabwe haven’t played an international at home since the pandemic hit © AFP via Getty Images

Zimbabwe Cricket has temporarily brought all cricket activities in the country to a standstill, in the wake of new lockdown restrictions announced by the government due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

“This is a very challenging situation, but ZC’s aim is to reschedule all the affected events and fixtures – including the elite men’s domestic T20
competition which was scheduled to begin this Monday – for them to be played as soon as it is deemed safe to do so,” ZC said in a statement.

Zimbabwe recently toured Pakistan in November 2020 for a six-match limited-overs series, but they haven’t played an international at home since the pandemic hit. They were scheduled to host Afghanistan in August last year, but that series called off in the wake a spike in Covid-19 infections in the country. India, too, were scheduled to visit Zimbabwe in August for three ODIs, but that series was cancelled as well.

Last year, Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwe’s senior batsman spoke of how the pandemic had hit Zimbabwe hard. “Personally, this break is not doing us any favours,” Taylor had told the Zimbabwean weekly The Standard. “I feel we are a team that needs to be playing more often; we’ve always been starved of cricket. This year we had a full schedule of international cricket, but that’s now been jeopardised by this pandemic. So it’s extremely frustrating and hurtful times.

“But there are people out there losing their lives and their loved ones to this terrible virus, so at the end of the cricket is not so important anymore, is it?”

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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