Yet another international series has fallen prey to the coronavirus pandemic with Ireland‘s tour of Zimbabwe that was to get underway early April postponed. The two teams were to play in three T20Is and as many ODIs starting April 2. Also Read - Don't Panic, This is Delhi Government's WhatsApp Number: Kejriwal on Delhi's Corona Battle
Zimbabwe Cricket and Cricket Ireland jointly announced the decision keeping in mind the ” the risk posed by travel and the fast-changing nature of the Coronavirus” Also Read - Air India Halts All Bookings Till April 30, But What About Employees' Pay?
Givemore Makoni, Acting Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket, said, ” We were looking forward to hosting Ireland in Bulawayo next month, but with the world in the throes of a public health emergency on a scale not witnessed in over a century, postponing the tour was the only reasonable decision.” Also Read - National Security Act: How Coronavirus Outbreak in India Brought About a Security Emergency
“Indeed, the mutually agreed decision to postpone the series is the right thing to do, given the worsening Coronavirus pandemic and the overwhelming priority to safeguard the players, fans and the entire cricket community. We are looking to reschedule the tour once the pandemic has been brought under control,” he added.
“This is the only reasonable decision in the circumstances, as we all play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19. We have taken the advice of Irish and British governments, as well as relevant health and sports bodies, and will take a safety-first approach to our operations over the coming weeks and months.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said the two boards will meet again to decide new dates for the tour. “Apart from the players and coaches, it is the families and social circles that we are conscious of, and to tour at this point would cause unnecessary risk to the wider community. We pass on our thanks to Givemore and all of Zimbabwe Cricket for so readily agreeing with this position, and we shall work with Zimbabwe Cricket to seek a new date for the tour when we are all in a position to plan for the future with greater certainty,” Deutrom said.