The pandemic has forced Zimbabwe to postpone its limited-overs cricket tour of Ireland, which was scheduled to begin in two weeks. From August 6 to 24, the teams were set to compete in three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in Belfast and Bready.

Zimbabwe is on the United Kingdom’s red list due to an alarmingly high number of coronavirus cases in terms of travel. This means that only British and Irish nationals, as well as British residents, are permitted to enter from countries on the red list. Zimbabweans travelling to Ireland are required to stay in a hotel for 14 days.

Following the most recent advice on the conditions under which scheduled matches in Northern Ireland may proceed – most notably the stipulations of health authorities around quarantining requirements of the incoming Zimbabwean squad – Cricket Ireland has today confirmed that the Zimbabwe Men’s tour to Ireland will need to be rescheduled, as said by Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom.

These modifications may have a number of knock-on implications with the overall playing schedule, and the conclusion of these changes will be disclosed in due time.