Derbyshire end Zimbabwe tour over coronavirus fears


English county Derbyshire are going to cut off their pre-season tour to Zimbabwe. They will fly towards home on Monday. It has been thirty years since an English county team made a tour to the African nation.

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The Derbyshire official site published the statement saying, “While no member of the touring group has shown any symptoms related to COVID-19, the health and safety of our players and staff remains of paramount importance and therefore the decision has been made to bring the group home at the earliest available opportunity.”

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Major sporting events have so far been cancelled world wide. Earlier this week, Derbyshire arrived in Zimbabwe. They have a played a single T20 match so far and beat a Select XI by 48 runs in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Derbyshire’s head of cricket Dave Houghton said, “While the decision to return was not an easy one to make, it is the correct one for all players and everyone associated with the club currently in Zimbabwe.

“I would like to thank Zimbabwe Cricket for their hospitality and the local authorities for their guidance during the last few days. We will continue our pre-season preparations back in Derby to give the squad the best possible opportunity to be match-ready for the coming season,” he added.

The English county further said they are monitoring the situation surrounding the pandemic and “continue to follow government guidelines in relation to all employees and visitors to the Pattonair County Ground”.

 

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