Zim calls off Afghanistan series

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Southern Times Correspondent

Harare - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has cancelled a scheduled five-match Twenty20 international series against Afghanistan which had been pencilled for Harare this month, as the country focuses on efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

ZC has been eager to see action being resumed and was hoping that the country’s epidemiological situation would improve sufficiently for the men’s senior side, the Chevrons, to bat and ball against Afghanistan after a four-month new coronavirus-induced lull.

However, the government turned down ZC’s request to hold the series in a tightly controlled environment as infections and deaths from COVID-19 have been rising at an alarming rate in recent weeks.

ZC acting managing director Givemore Makoni at the weekend said, “We were keen to see the imminent and safe return of cricket, but we understand the Government’s health concerns and accept that cancelling the proposed tour is sensible and in the best interest of players, match officials, volunteers, service providers, fans and the wider community."

The cancellation of the Afghanistan series comes after Zimbabwe's tour of Australia scheduled for late this month was also postponed due to novel coronavirus fears. 

India were supposed to visit Zimbabwe last month but the pandemic put paid to the tour as well.

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