Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - UAE and Oman fly home from Namibia as Omicron hits CWCL2 Tri-series. Earlier this week, Oman and Namibia had shared honours in the first two ODIs of the series
Earlier this week, Oman and Namibia had shared honours in the first two ODIs of the series
The United Arab Emirates and Oman cricket teams will be returning home early from Windhoek today, as concerns surrounding the emergence of the Omicron strain of Coronavirus and consequent travel restrictions imposed by several countries on travellers from southern Africa forced the postponement of the remainder of the CWC League 2 trilateral series between the two sides and hosts Namibia.
The UAE announced the suspension of inbound flights from several Southern African countries on Friday, and entry restrictions on passengers who had passed through Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana or Mozambique. This follows similar restrictions imposed by the UK, the United States and the European Union, which had prompted the abandonment of the ongoing Women's World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe as well as the postponement of the last two games of the Netherlands CWC Super League series against South Africa.
The Omani and Emirati teams are understood to be returning on the same flight, chartered by the ICC, as the teams returning from the Women's Qualifier in Harare. The Dutch remain in Pretoria awaiting repatriation to the Netherlands.
Earlier this week, Oman and Namibia had shared honours in the first two ODIs of the series, the first of which was one of two additional matches scheduled to replace those that were cancelled owing to the death of Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said in the fourth round of the competition, almost two years ago. That series marked the last League 2 fixtures for the UAE, who had yet to play a match on this tour.
Only 7 of the 21 scheduled series in the competition have been played since the League commenced in August of 2019, with fourteen trilateral series still to be squeezed in before the 2023 World Cup Qualifier, concerns are growing that it may not be possible for the League to be completed.