Cricket Business: Zimbabwe Cricket annuls domestic season due to Covid19

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Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has decided to annul the 2019/20 domestic season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This means the first-class competition, the Logan Cup, and the List A contest, the Pro50 Championship, have been voided, with no winners being declared.

The premier domestic competitions – which were underway before the government suspended all sporting activities as part of nationwide restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the novel virus that is ravaging the world – were originally supposed to be completed by the end of April. Cricket in Zimbabwe has been suspended since March 18 and the country has been on lockdown since March 30. The stay-at-home order was due to end on May 3, but has been extended for a further two weeks.

At the time that cricket was stopped, Eagles were on top of the first-class points table, five ahead of Mountaineers, while Tuskers were leading the 50-over tournament, with Mountaineers in second place. Each team was due to play eight first-class matches and eight List A matches and at the time of the suspension, the teams had not played the same number of matches. In the first-class competition, Eagles, Tuskers and Rangers had each played six matches while Mountaineers and Rhinos had played five. In the List A tournament, Rhinos had played four matches and the rest five. As a result, ZC deemed it unfair to declare a winner.

ZC director of cricket Hamilton Masakadza said: “We were looking forward to the conclusion of our season, but seeing what is happening in our country and elsewhere across the world, we realised it was not realistic for us to expect our competitions to resume anytime soon.

“ZC therefore decided to void the 2019/20 season with immediate effect and we will not declare a winner or award any of the trophies as teams had not played an equal number of games when the season was curtailed.”

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