Cape Premier League postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

This year’s edition of the Cape Premier League has been postponed due to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The spread of the virus has seen several global sporting events cancelled or postponed, including the Proteas’ ODI series in India and the Over-50 World Cup in Cape Town. The start of the 2020 CPL was scheduled for the end of this month, but has been delayed by six months.

“Given the recent announcement by president Cyril Ramaphosa and emergency talks held with Cricket South Africa, the Cape Cobras, Western Province and a team of medical experts, all CPL tournaments due to take place over the next month have been postponed until September 2020 (exact dates to be provided in due course),” read a statement from CPL chief executive officer Ziyaad Desai.

“First and foremost all of us in the CPL family need to take precautions and do whatever necessary to protect one another. Cricket at most times seems to be one of the most important aspects of our lives, but today the health, safety and well-being of each member of our cricketing family is the most important.

“The choice between cricket and the good of the wider society is not an option. At this present moment with the world facing much anxiety and uncertainty, we have made the best choice for humanity at large by the postponement.”

The remainder of the 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association club cricket season, meanwhile, has been cancelled for the same reasons.

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