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ZC suspends all cricket matches amid coronavirus pandemic

Staff Reporter

The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has suspended all forms of cricket in an attempt to minimise the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday issued a ban on all public gatherings with more than 100 people in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The ban includes weddings, church gathering, sporting events and national celebrations until a review is conducted in due course.

The move comes after reports that a United Kingdom tourist, who visited Victoria Falls last week, tested positive for the virus.

ZC spokesperson Darlington Majonga said the body has with immediate effect suspended all forms of cricket in the country following the “measures announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the wake of the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic that has been declared a national disaster”.

“As the health and well-being of our players, staff, supporters and the entire cricket community are our highest priority at ZC, we remain confident that these measures, which include minimising physical contact with other people, will assist to contain the spread of this novel virus that is ravaging the world,” Majonga said.

“This is an unprecedented situation, but ZC’s aim is to reschedule the postponed domestic competition fixtures for them to be played as soon as it is safe to do so. In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”

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