Cricket South Africa (CSA) banned all modes of gambling in the country on Monday for 60 days after the government forbade gatherings of more than 100 people in response to the threat of coronavirus.
The ban extends to first-class, limited-over, semi-professional, junior and college cricket, with the country’s 50-plus national championship in the semi-finals.
“At this period of utter vigilance and monitoring, we would like to call upon all our leaders and associates to refrain from engaging in any cricket-meetings and other cross-activities involving the congregation of large numbers of people and/or up to 100 persons,” said Jacques Faul, Chief Executive Officer of CSA.
The men’s national sides are not set for a tour of the West Indies at the end of July.
The West Indies Board has suspended cricket operations for at least 30 days, said Saturday.
The launch of the Indian Premier League was moved to April 15, and the final two rounds of the domestic season in New Zealand were also postponed.
By Monday, South Africa had confirmed 62 cases of coronavirus, most of which were contracted by people traveling outside the region, and no deaths associated with the virus were reported.