Zimbabwe Cricket forced to put all cricketing activities on hold following spike in Covid-19 cases in the country which led to imposition of lockdown restrictions by the government.
Zimbabwe is reported to have recorded 1342 positive cases and 29 covid related deaths within a week which has forced the government to impose a lockdown. Re-opening of schools has also been postponed following the latest development.
The decision will affect Zimbabwe domestic and international calendar. The men’s domestic T20 tournament was due to commence from January 4 with players already under quarantine. In an official release, Zimbabwe Cricket stated that the tournament was postponed and will be held when the conditions are deemed to be safe.
Zimbabwe are scheduled to host Afghanistan for a three match T20I series and two Test matches in late January. It remains to be seen how the new lockdown restrictions affect the scheduled tour. Zimbabwe are also expected to host Pakistan, Bangladesh later this year.
Zimbabwe’s last international assignment was a tour to Pakistan where they played a three match T20I and a ODI series each. They lost the ODI series 2-1 and were white washed in the T20I series, losing 3-0. Usman Qadir was awarded the man of the series award in the T20Is after his brilliant performances with the ball.