The Western Province Cricket Association will soon contemplate another belated start date, if any, for the 2020-21 club season.
The start of the season was initially postponed to 16 January – and later 1 February – amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Monday’s extension of the advanced level three lockdown regulations across the country has since cast severe doubt over the 1 February start date.
“As stipulated on 30 December 2020 and based on a decision made by Cricket South Africa, we agreed to suspend all cricket-related activities up until 1 February 2021,” read Wednesday’s memo from WPCA cricket services manager Clinton du Preez.
“The decision was subject to a decision made by the president of the country in terms of the country being placed under the advanced level three lockdown and would be reviewed after the next ‘family meeting’. Our president, indeed, addressed us recently and announced the continuation of the alert level three lockdown.
“The consequence of the president’s address will be traversed by the WPCA, first in conjunction with the City of Cape Town on 13 January 2021 and then with CSA, culminating in a WPCA cricket committee meeting, to be held on 18 January 2021.
“The recommendations of the cricket committee will be discussed at board level and shared with clubs at a members’ council meeting for discussion and approval.
“We would like to thank clubs for their patience and diligence during these difficult times. We appeal to all to remain safe during this time. Your understanding and cooperation in this regard is appreciated.”