Ireland is scheduled to tour Thailand to play six matches between 3rd April to 11th April, as part of the preparation for the ICC World Cup qualifier in Sri Lanka in July. Unfortunately, the outbreak of Coronavirus seems to put the upcoming schedule at risk, the outbreak has already cost 2,200+ lives in China and has spread to other countries in the region.
The governing body is closely monitoring the developments of the coronavirus outbreak and has been seeking advice from the host nation, the ICC, government and sports bodies over travel advice to the Asian country. Cricket Ireland will be touring Thailand for senior women in early April. They will contest in a quadrangular tournament with Thailand, Zimbabwe, and the Netherlands.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said his government was making preparations “just in case” the Covid-19 epidemic worsens.
Thailand has detected around 35 cases, according to the Bangkok Post but on a positive side, no new case has been suspected for two weeks. Although, The Chinese Grand Prix and World Indoor Athletics championships have already been postponed.
A Cricket Ireland spokesman said: “Cricket Ireland officials have sought the latest advice from government and sports authorities regarding traveling to Thailand given its proximity to countries affected by the coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
The Ireland Women’s fixture schedule is:
• Fri, 3 Apr 2020: Ireland v Netherlands
• Sat, 4 Apr 2020: Ireland v Zimbabwe
• Mon, 6 Apr 2020: Ireland v Thailand
• Wed, 8 Apr 2020: Ireland v Netherlands
• Thu, 9 Apr 2020: Ireland v Zimbabwe
• Sat, 11 Apr 2020: Ireland v Thailand
Laura Delany (Captain), Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Louise McCarthy, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.
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