Coronavirus threat leads to cancellation of Ireland tour of Thailand

The Ireland women’s cricket tour to Thailand for a four-team tournament has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

 

Ireland women's cricket team. Pic Credits: Cricket Thailand
Ireland women’s cricket team. Pic Credits: Cricket Thailand

This tournament was supposed to start from April 3, a 50 over 4-nation tournament between the Netherlands, Ireland, Zimbabwe and hosts Thailand. The countries involved will be working on alternative fixtures.

A spokesperson for the Cricket Association of Thailand said: “The Women’s Quadrangular 50-over Series that was scheduled to be played between Thailand, Ireland, Netherlands and Zimbabwe in Chiang Mai from 3-11 April has been called off because of concerns over the impact of COVID-19 in Thailand and across the world.

“The competition had been arranged as a warm-up event for four teams who will be playing in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka in July but the Cricket Association of Thailand have taken the decision to cancel in the interests of player safety after ongoing discussions with the relevant medical authorities and the Sports Authority of Thailand.”

Cricket Ireland performance director Richard Holdsworth said that the health and safety concerns of teams and staff are the reason behind the tournament being called off.

“While disappointing from a cricket perspective, the health and safety of players, staff and traveling fans are paramount, and we readily agreed with the advice from Thailand.

“It’s an important few months for the women’s team in the lead up to the World Cup Qualifier, so we will be working on a replacement set of fixtures in an alternate location to ensure the women are as prepared for this tournament.”

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