Omicron: ICC ponders transferring Women’s World Cup qualifier from Zimbabwe to UAE

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KARACHI: Following the detection of a brand new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa and placement of Zimbabwe on the crimson listing by varied international locations, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is pondering to move the Women’s World Cup qualifier to United Arab Emirates

The ICC Women’s World Cup qualifier is presently being performed in Zimbabwe. The newest travel ban announcement was made by the United Arab Emirates on Friday night time.

“The UAE on Friday suspended direct and indirect flights to and from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Eswatini due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 variants,” the UAE media reported.

Following the announcement, the ICC headquarters in Dubai got here into motion and, based on sources, is engaged on varied operations to evacuate the gamers from Zimbabwe earlier than November 29 – the day when the ban would come into impact.

A supply informed Geo News that the ICC is involved with the event-organising committee, the host board, and all taking part boards of the World Cup qualifiers.

Nine groups, together with Pakistan, are presently taking part within the ICC Women World Cup qualifiers.

“One option, which seems very much likely, is to fly teams out of Zimbabwe to Dubai on November 28th and have remainders of the tournament played in the UAE,” the supply stated.

“The matches scheduled for Saturday are likely to be played as planned,” the supply stated. Pakistan is scheduled to play Zimbabwe at this time.

If transferring remainders of the match shouldn’t be potential, then the ICC will go for suspending the match.

“One thing is for sure: the event is unlikely to continue in Zimbabwe after Saturday’s matches,” the supply stated.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can also be involved with the staff administration within the UAE in addition to the ICC.

The supply added that the PCB’s logistics division can also be working to organize a backup plan in case of an unexpected scenario.