The University of the Western Cape Cricket Club have revealed the reason behind Friday’s decision to withdraw from the Western Province Cricket Association’s 2021-22 Ama20 Competition.
The University of the Western Cape Cricket Club were scheduled to contest group A of the competition with Brackenfell Cricket Club, Cape Town Cricket Club, Claremont Cricket Club, Langa Cricket Club and Rondebosch Cricket Club.
However, they withdrew participation 48 hours prior to the start of the competition.
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“UWC were to host six teams, club officials and match officials on Sunday for the start of the Ama20 Competition,” said UWC Cricket Club match secretary Nuraan Pipers.
“In as much as UWC is doing everything in its power to ensure we go beyond Cricket South Africa’s required Covid protocols for the event, we feel the level of risk for transmission is still unacceptably high.
UWC Cricket Club will still host Ama20 Competition matches despite the team’s lack of participation. Brackenfell Cricket Club versus Claremont Cricket Club will be the only fixture played at UWC Cricket Club on Sunday.
“Our withdrawal has meant only two teams will be participating on Sunday, which will provide a much safer environment to participating players and officials,” added Pipers.
Earlier this year, the University of the Western Cape, withdrew players from the Cape Premier League, too.
They are coached by former West Indies, Pakistan and Cape Cobras head coach Richard Pybus – and recently recruited seamer Imraan Philander and batsman Bonga Makaka and Kai Curran.