Nov 27, 2021

SL-WI Women’s WC qualifier called off over COVID fears in Harare

The Women’s World Cup Qualifier match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Harare has been called off over Covid-19 fears in the region.

It is also understood that the tournament itself could be postponed – though the other two games on the day, Thailand vs USA and Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, went ahead on schedule – but that a decision is yet to be taken.

Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva, told Cricinfo “The match has been cancelled, probably due to the Covid situation in the African countries. All the teams are still in Zimbabwe, and the ICC is having internal discussions as to how to move forward. We’ll wait for their direction.”

Sri Lanka have already had positive cases of Covid-19 in their squad since reaching Zimbabwe, the last of which was detected prior to their match against Netherlands on Tuesday.

That match did go ahead with Sri Lanka winning a rain-affected fixture by 34 runs.

However, the situation in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries is believed to have worsened in recent days.