Coronavirus: A packed calendar for a change, but no cricket for Zimbabwe

The year 2020 was supposed to be packed for Zimbabwe with assignments against Ireland, Afghanistan, Australia, India and the Netherlands lined up.

Brendan Taylor says it is extremely frustrating and hurtful times to see Zimbabwe's cricket calendar jeopardised by the pandemic.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The COVID-19 pandemic has come in the way of what was supposed to be, for a change, a fairly busy international calendar for Zimbabwe, and premier batsman Brendan Taylor has called it “extremely frustrating and hurtful times“.

The team doesn’t get to play as frequently as most of its Full Member counterparts, but 2020 was supposed to be different for Zimbabwe with assignments against Ireland, Afghanistan, Australia, India and the Netherlands lined up.

It began the year with a home Test series against Sri Lanka and followed it with a full tour of Bangladesh.

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“Personally, this break is not doing us any favours,” Taylor was quoted as saying by Zimbabwean weekly ‘The Standard’

“I feel we are a team that needs to be playing more often; we’ve always been starved of cricket. This year we had a full schedule of international cricket, but that’s now been jeopardised by this pandemic. So it’s extremely frustrating and hurtful times.

“But there are people out there losing their lives and their loved ones to this terrible virus, so at the end of the cricket is not so important anymore, is it?”

He said as sportspersons, their focus now should be on helping the less privileged sections of society get through the pandemic.

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“I think it’s a time where as players we can be a little more proactive, setting up GoFundMe pages trying to help the old, the homeless, and that’s a big issue in our country,” he said.

“When this virus comes to an end it will be nice to support local business, restaurants and other areas that are in desperate need and that’s where as players we are very lucky to be in a position to give back.”

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