Following the measures announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the wake of the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic that has been declared a national disaster, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has with immediate effect suspended all forms of cricket in the country.
As the health and well-being of our players, staff, supporters and the entire cricket community are our highest priority at ZC, we remain confident that these measures, which include minimising physical contact with other people, will assist to contain the spread of this novel virus that is ravaging the world.
This is an unprecedented situation, but ZC’s aim is to reschedule the postponed domestic competition fixtures for them to be played as soon as it is safe to do so.
In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide sporting calendar.
World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe has said it is too early to decide whether to cancel Tokyo 2020.
“Let’s not make a precipitous decision when we don’t have to four months out,” he told BBC Sport.
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The New York State Athletic Commission has said UFC 249, set for April 18, will not take place at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
Formula One announces the Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix are postponed, while bosses have also agreed to delay the planned 2021 rules until the following year and to work to fit as many races into the 2020 season as possible.
The Le Mans 24 Hours, due to take place on June 13-14, has been postponed and rearranged for September 19-20.
The Austrian Bundesliga top-flight has been suspended until May. It will aim to complete the season by the end of June. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) suspends its soccer league for four weeks.
There are no plans so far to delay this September’s Ryder Cup until 2021, despite reports saying a move is likely. A senior figure at the European Tour has told BBC Sport that the article in the Daily Telegraph “was inaccurate”.
Racing in Ireland is set to continue behind closed doors after fixtures in Great Britain were suspended until the end of April. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has since introduced further restrictions, including a maximum of one meeting a day.
The Leeds round of the World Triathlon Series, scheduled for June 6-7, has been postponed. An update on an alternative date will be announced by the end of April.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is offering financial support to its clubs to reduce the impact of coronavirus. Grant payments due at the end of next month will be made and high-priority cases will be entitled to emergency funding. Additionally, all clubs will receive an additional UK£1 000 (US$1 150) as part of its contingency plans.
Great Britain’s games against Hungary on April 21-22 are cancelled.
The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) had confirmed that the Players Championship double-headers and Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend, set for April, have been postponed. — zimbabwe cricket/sportspromedia.com