Zimbabwe-Afghanistan T20 I Series Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to take a toll on worldwide cricket with hosts Zimbabwe canceling their upcoming five-match T20 I series versus Afghanistan on Saturday.
The T20 series was scheduled in August and Zimbabwe Cricket had actually likewise sought permission from its government to arrange the series in a regulated environment.
Nevertheless, the Sports and Leisure Commission recommended the nation was not still all set to host going to teams due to the sudden surge in COVID cases.
” @ZimCricketv has cancelled the five-match T20 I series versus @ACBofficials arranged to be played in Harare this August after the Federal government recommended the nation was not prepared as yet to host going to groups in the middle of a spike in the variety of COVID-19 cases,” Zimbabwe Cricket said in a tweet.
ZC acting managing director Givemore Makoni stated it was a reasonable choice thinking about the circumstances.
” We were keen to see the impending and safe return of cricket, but we understand the federal government’s health issues and accept that cancelling the proposed tour is sensible and in the very best interest of players, match officials, volunteers, service providers, fans and the broader neighborhood,” Makoni was priced quote as saying by cricbuzz.
India were also arranged to visit Zimbabwe for a series making up 3 ODIs, beginning August 22, but that too needed to be cancelled due to the global health crisis.
It is a huge blow for Zimbabwe, which last played a ODI and T20 I series against Bangladesh earlier this year.
Zimbabwe was prohibited for 3 months by the ICC in 2015 over its failure to keep the sport free from government disturbance. The restriction was raised in October following a conference in Dubai including the ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani and sports minister Kirsty Coventry.