As cricket was returning to normalcy, Scotland and Ireland had to face each other to kick start the latest manifestation of the resumed game. In recent reports, Cricket Scotland has regretfully announced the postponement of the 5-match series against Ireland. The fixtures were to take place in La Manga next week.
It has to be noted that the decision was the outcome of rising levels of virus in Scotland. Further, the updated specialist advice highlighted the risk of players in the current circumstances. Steve Knox, coach of the Women’s national team, said that “From a cricket point of view the team is very disappointed but the safety of the squad has to come first. We look forward to the prospect of re-arranging the series in the early part of next year”.
Gus Mackay, the Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Scotland, further said that “Organising this series was always going to be a challenge within the current environment. Our priority has always been for the safety of our players and, as a national governing body, we have a responsibility to react to the changed circumstances”.
He further went on to thank Cricket Ireland and La Manga for their cooperation. He asserted that the game will continue when the conditions tilt on the safer side. He said that “We would like to thank Cricket Ireland and La Manga for their co-operation and understanding and we look forward to playing the series when it is safe to do so. We very much appreciate the hard work put into planning the trip and are very sorry it has ultimately not been practical at our end to go ahead”.
The return of Covid throughout the globe has been a matter of concern for all cricketing fans throughout the globe. One shall hope that lessons be drawn from the first wave of outbreak. An unprecedented break like we have seen earlier shall be avoided at any cost.