Traditionally, the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) competitions have started in April/May and run until December. In 2020, the Barbados Government imposed a number of restrictions following the detection of the COVID-19 virus in the country which eventually resulted in an island wide lockdown in April as the number of infected persons increased. This action by Government paid dividends and the number of new infections in Barbados were reduced nearly to zero. Restrictions having been relaxed, we played an incident free Twenty/20 season of cricket from August until November 2020.

2021 began with an increased number of cases and a spike in deaths we wish we could erase. Then came the ash fall from La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent, which severely restricted full physical activities outdoors. Barbados is far from being declared free of COVID-19 and new cases and deaths are still being recorded here. Though our vaccination programme appears to have gone well, and the positivity rate seems to be declining, safety must be paramount in the planning of any cricket competition being played under the auspices of the BCA. As the 2022 season approaches, the government has eased the restrictions due to the decreasing positivity rate. The BCA however, intends to continue its ongoing partnership with the Covid-19 Monitoring Unit to ensure a safe return to cricket.

 

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