The remainder of the 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association club cricket season has been cancelled as a preventative measure against the coronavirus pandemic.
The bulk of the 2019-20 WPCA club cricket season had been completed prior to Monday’s cancellation. Some premier league, first division and other fixtures hadn’t been fulfilled.
“The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a steady increase of cases in South Africa and as of this morning has reached 61,” read Monday’s email from WPCA club cricket and facilities co-ordinator Lindsay O’Malley, sent on behalf of chief executive officer Nabeal Dien.
“In order to be decisive and to do the right thing I have consulted with medics, our president, chairperson of the cricket committee, convenor of local leagues and our operational staff directly involved with club and youth cricket.
“We have unanimously agreed to stop our club and youth season with immediate effect. In discussions with Cricket South Africa acting CEO Jacques Faul this morning, he informed me it was more than likely they will affect the same measures on national cricket in due course. Further details will be published soonest.”
The second edition of the Cape Premier League, meanwhile, has been postponed to September 2020 for the same reason.