Cricket West Indies suspends season amid regional coronavirus cases

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has suspended all its tournaments and face-to face meetings for a minimum of 30 days, it said Friday, March 13.

Cricket West Indies has suspended all its tournaments for 30 days. (Photo: icc-cricket.com)

The decision, which becomes effective tomorrow, March 16, was taken based on the recommendation of its Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) in light of recent cases of the coronavirus in the region.

CWI Chief Medical Officer, Dr Israel Dowlat said “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”.

Chairman of the MAC, Dr Donovan Bennett, added “We are acting based on medical best practice as well as in an abundance of caution. 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”.

Due to the move, the following CWI tournaments have been suspended:

  • Final two rounds of the West indies Championship – 26th to 29th March and 2nd – 5th April
  • The Women’s CMI Super 50 Cup, Guyana – 27th March to 12th April
  • Regional Under 15s Boys Championship, Antigua – 9th to 20th April
  • Regional Under 19s Girls Championship, Trinidad – 6th to 12th April

What’s more, the following upcoming CWI meetings will be postponed, with all urgent CWI Board matters to be addressed via teleconference.

More details and logistics will be forthcoming over the coming week.

  • CWI, Board of Directors’ meeting – scheduled for Antigua 17th & 18th April
  • CWI Annual General Meeting – scheduled for Antigua 19th April

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