COVID-19 affects cricket leagues around the globe
The deadly COVID-19 has started to have its impact on cricket too as some cricket leagues around different parts of the globe are being cancelled and postponed due to the threat of the virus.
COVID-19 is the current hot topic all around the world as the deadly virus is spreading all around the world rapidly. Already the virus has raised concerns over the Olympic games to be held in Japan this year.
In the meantime, it has started to affect cricket too as there are some cricket leagues affected by the threat of the disease. International Cricket Council announced that they have postponed the ICC Challenge League A due to the threat. The tournament was scheduled to play from March 16 in Malaysia comprising Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, and Vanuatu.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We have made the difficult decision to postpone the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We have been monitoring the situation very closely and have concluded that the best course of action is to postpone the event owing to the increasing travel difficulties between countries and the potential uncertainty around teams returning home.
“I would like to thank the Malaysian Cricket Association and all participating Members for their support. The well-being of everyone involved is our first priority and we look forward to the event being played later in the year.”
At the same time, Nepal’s Everest Premier League is also postponed due to the threat of COVID-19. The report from health officials forced the league officials to take the decision. The league includes some International stars like Chris Gayle, Upul Tharanga, Corey Anderson and Kevin O’Brien.
Earlier a five-match T20I series between Hong Kong and Malaysia was moved from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur due to the same concerns. At the same time, Thailand cancelled a quadrangular Women’s series in home comprising Thailand, Ireland, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe.