Detection of the new coronavirus variant in South Africa forced a number of countries to tighten border controls (Reuters Photo)
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday confirmed the cancellation of the remainder of the women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe amid growing fears about the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 discovered in South Africa this week.
The ICC took the decision after Saturday’s game between the West Indies and Sri Lanka was called off after a member of the Sri Lankan support staff tested positive for COVID-19.
“We are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel the remainder of this event,” Chris Tetley, the ICC Head of Events, said in a statement.
“But with travel restrictions from a number of African countries being imposed at such short notice, there was a serious risk that teams would be unable to return home.”
Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will progress to the World Cup in New Zealand by virtue of their rankings, the ICC said.[…]