Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe called off over Covid variant | Women’s cricket

The qualifying occasion for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup going down in Zimbabwe has been deserted because of the emergence of the brand new variant of coronavirus in South Africa.

Eire had been enjoying in the occasion in the hope of securing one of many ultimate three locations for subsequent 12 months’s showpiece in New Zealand however will now miss out. Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies be part of the hosts, Australia, England, South Africa and India in the finals by advantage of their place in the ODI rankings.

“We’re extremely dissatisfied to should cancel the rest of this occasion however with journey restrictions from quite a few African nations being imposed at such quick discover, there was a critical threat that groups can be unable to return dwelling,” mentioned the Worldwide Cricket Council’s head of occasions, Chris Tetley.

Each South Africa and Zimbabwe have been added to the UK authorities’s pink journey record, that means anybody arriving in the UK from both nation after 4am on Sunday will possible should quarantine in a lodge for 10 days. Many different nations have additionally imposed their very own restrictions on travellers from South Africa.


Whereas Eire have missed out on the prospect to qualify, they are going to be included in the subsequent cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship together with Sri Lanka, offering an additional alternative to qualify for the subsequent World Cup after the 2022 version. Sri Lanka’s scheduled qualifier in opposition to West Indies had already been postponed after a member of their assist employees examined optimistic for Covid-19.

“We’re dissatisfied for all of the gamers and groups who’re in Zimbabwe for the time being, however from a well being and security perspective that is the proper determination,” mentioned the Cricket Eire excessive efficiency director, Richard Holdsworth. “We’ll now focus on working with the ICC in getting our squad dwelling as quickly as practicable.”

“Whereas it’s by no means the style in which you hope to qualify for a contest, it’s a huge consequence for Ed Joyce and his squad to be a part of the 2022-2025 Championship,” Holdsworth added. “It’s not an understatement to say it ought to see a elementary change in girls’s cricket in Eire.”

Munster players trained in Pretoria this week before their match against Bulls was called off.
Munster gamers educated in Pretoria this week earlier than their match in opposition to Bulls was called off. {Photograph}: Gordon Arons/Inpho/Shutterstock

Issues in regards to the Omicron variant of coronavirus in southern Africa have led to quite a few sporting occasions being called off. South Africa’s three-match males’s ODI sequence in opposition to the Netherlands has been called off “on account of mounting anxiousness and concern” from the touring aspect, Cricket South Africa has reported.

In rugby union, Cardiff, Scarlets and Munster are all working to get their travelling squads again to the UK and Eire after their United Rugby Championship video games in opposition to South African opponents have been postponed.

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On Friday night time, Cardiff and the Scarlets mentioned they have been struggling to fly their groups again from South Africa regardless of securing a constitution aircraft, whereas Munster are “working tirelessly on journey plans” as of Saturday morning.

Golf’s European Tour (now generally known as the DP World Tour) has needed to change a lot of its plans after commencing a three-week swing of occasions in South Africa this week, with quite a few withdrawals from the Joburg Open. England’s Ross Fisher was one in every of 18 gamers from the UK and Eire to withdraw.

The occasion has now been diminished to 54 holes, with subsequent week’s South African Open in Solar Metropolis will happen solely as a Sunshine Tour occasion with a diminished prize fund. The Alfred Dunhill Championship, on account of happen at Leopard Creek from 9-12 December, has been cancelled.

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