Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has suspended all cricket activities temporarily because of the new lockdown imposed by the government owing to the rise in the Covid-19 cases in the country. Zimbabwe is reported to have 1342 positive cases and 29 deaths in the last week, hence, forcing the nation once again into a lockdown.
This curfew will affect cricket in the country, which was set to resume on Monday (4th January) with a domestic T20 tournament – players were already under mandatory quarantine.
“This is a very challenging situation, but ZC’s aim is to reschedule all the affected events and fixtures – including the elite men’s domestic T20 competition which was scheduled to begin this Monday – for them to be played as soon as it is deemed safe to do so,” ESPNcricinfo quoted ZC as saying in a statement.
The Chamu Chibhabha led side last played international cricket was on their tour to Pakistan for an ODI and a T20I series – both of which they lost. Zimbabwe was scheduled to host Afghanistan for 3 T20Is and 2 Tests in January, however, the series was postponed.
India to tour Zimbabwe in 2021
Due to the pandemic, the ZC has taken a big hit as major teams like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh were supposed to tour Zimbabwe, but all the series’ stand postponed.
Virat Kohli’s side was expected to visit the African nation last year in August for 3 ODIs, but that series was cancelled. However, according to BCCI’s Future Tour Programs (FTP), the Men in Blue will tour Zimbabwe for a short limited-overs series in July 2021 before departing for England.
It is to be seen that the series will consist of 3 ODI, as originally planned, or will it be altered to 3 T20Is in order to prepare for the T20 World Cup later in the year. Zimbabwe is also expected to host Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan sometime this year.