Cricket Ireland statement on Covid situation
Cricket Ireland has been actively monitoring and engaging in discussions with the ICC and government about the reported new Covid variant in southern Africa and its potential implications for teams participating at the current ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.
The Ireland Women’s cricket team is currently based in Harare, and have played two matches in the Group Stage of the tournament, with their next match scheduled for Monday. After the side’s win yesterday over the Netherlands, it is likely they will progress to the Super 6 round, where matches are currently scheduled for 1st, 3rd and 5th December.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:
“We are very concerned about the latest developments regarding the reported new Covid variant in Southern Africa as we have our Women’s squad currently in Zimbabwe playing a World Cup Qualifier.
“While the circumstances around travel restrictions and health advice is a fast-moving one, we have been in close contact with the ICC, the Irish government and sports bodies in both jurisdictions to better understand the facts, and to properly inform and reassure the squad leadership.
“Our decision-making will be first-and-foremost based on the health and safety of players and support staff.
“We will provide updates as soon as we can.”