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Cricket West Indies suspends tournaments, meetings


Cricket West Indies suspends tournaments, meetings

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) is suspending all tournaments and face-to-face meetings for a minimum of 30 days, starting on Monday.

In a media release today, CWI said it was acting on the recommendation of its Medical Advisory Committee (MAC).

The final two rounds of the West Indies Championships scheduled for March 26 to 29 and April 2 to 5; the Women’s CMI Super 50 Cup in Guyana from March 27 to April 12; the Regional Under-15 Boys’ Championship in Antigua from April 9 to 20 and the Regional Under-19 Girls’ Championship in Trinidad from April 6 to 12 have been affected.

Additionally, the Board of Directors’ Meeting slated for April 17 and 18 and the Annual General Meeting the following day, were also postponed and all urgent Board matters will be addressed via teleconference.

CWI Chief Medical Officer Dr Israel Dowlat stated: “The health and safety of our players, officials and staff are of paramount importance to CWI and we have advised the Board of Directors to take proactive policy steps to decrease the growing risk of contamination and spread of the virus.”

MAC chairman Donovan Bennett added: “The ongoing gathering of even small groups of spectators, cricketers and match officials could pose a risk to some persons of contracting the virus and being stranded in quarantine in a non-resident country for a prolonged period.  Clearly this pandemic is still evolving, and we will continue to monitor the situation throughout the Caribbean.”

CWI has also advised all Territorial Boards and Local Cricket Associations to follow the advice of their respective Ministries of Health. (PR/SAT)