Women’s World Cup Qualifier: Sri Lanka vs West Indies match called off; COVID-19 fears possible reason

In Zimbabwe, the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier is presently underway. The competition was going well until South Africa was hit by the deadly Omicron variety COVID, which raised concerns in everyone’s minds. Southern African cricket teams are also concerned about this scenario, with numerous countries imposing travel restrictions on six southern African countries, including Zimbabwe. The game between Sri Lanka and the West Indies has been called off as the latest development in the crisis. According to sources, COVID-19 worries are the likely cause, although nothing has been confirmed. The other two matches on the day, Thailand vs. USA and Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe, all went on as planned. The World Cup Qualifier, on the other hand, is likely to be postponed as well.

The cancellation of the match was confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva. He also stated that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is discussing the problem with all parties involved and that the teams are currently awaiting an update. “Due to the Covid crisis in African countries, the match has been cancelled. All of the teams are still in Zimbabwe, and the International Cricket Council is debating how to proceed. In an interview with ESPNCricinfo, he added, “We’ll wait for their instruction.”

The Netherlands’ visit to South Africa has also been postponed. The home season for South Africa could be severely impacted. The Netherlands is expected to make a decision on their ODI series against the Netherlands in the near future. The first One-Day International (ODI) was rained off on Friday (November 26), and it is unclear whether the remaining two will be played. Furthermore, the India A team has already arrived in the rainbow nation, with only a few four-day matches remaining.

On December 7 or 8, India’s senior men’s squad will depart for South Africa. On the tour, the two teams will play three Tests, three ODIs, and four T20Is. Both bodies, BCCI and CSA, are now watching the situation, and the tour may be postponed if the situation worsens.