WPCA president on season’s cancellation: Not ideal, but the right outcome

File image: Ashraf Burns.

President Ashraf Burns has explained the Western Province Cricket Association’s decision to cancel the 2020-21 club season.

The start of the WPCA season was postponed to 16 January – and then early February – as a preventative measure against the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, the WPCA club cricket committee recently recommended the season be cancelled entirely. The WPCA board have since “unanimously” agreed.

“We are cognisant that this is not an ideal outcome in growing the game within our jurisdiction, but no doubt the right one considering the prevailing pandemic and the prediction of a third and fourth wave,” stated Burns.

“It is also unfortunate that the information was leaked and published on a social media platform, whilst WPCA was in the process of engaging internally.

“We request clubs to study the contents of this memo and provide feedback, if any, on an official club letterhead by no later than close of business on 1 February 2021.

“We urge you to stay safe and take all the Covid-19 protocols as the virus is now close to home as we have lost a number of administrators, former players, friends and family during this challenging time.

“On behalf of the WPCA board and staff, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. We also remember all those infected with the virus and wish them comfort and a speedy recovery.”

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