Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic hit sport in March 2020, forcing games to be played behind closed doors, and then getting cricket called off altogether. The PSL was suspended before the semi-finals, and all cricket ground to a halt. The men's T20 World Cup was postponed to 2021, the IPL to later in the year, and the launch of the Hundred deferred to 2021. International cricket only returned in July, when West Indies played in England in a biosecure bubble. In 2021, the PSL was hit by Covid again and its second half postponed.


The vulnerable IPL 2021 bubble
The vulnerable IPL 2021 bubble

Travel through airports, protocol inconsistencies, could heighten the risk factor considerably for this edition

This year will sorely test cricket administrators' planning and resilience
This year will sorely test cricket administrators' planning and resilience

The calendar is packed with events even as the pandemic rages on. How will cricket cope?

ICC CEO Allardice: Covid-19 has made it 'very difficult to re-establish the calendar' for women's cricket
ICC CEO Allardice: Covid-19 has made it 'very difficult to re-establish the calendar' for women's cricket

Several women's teams have been out of action since the heady night of the T20 World Cup final at the MCG on March 8, 2020

Limit on squads at ICC events increased to 30 in response to Covid-19
Limit on squads at ICC events increased to 30 in response to Covid-19

Up to seven additional players or support staff will be permitted at senior ICC events

Bangladesh Emerging Team vs Ireland A game called off after player tests positive for Covid-19
Bangladesh Emerging Team vs Ireland A game called off after player tests positive for Covid-19

Ruhan Pretorius, the player in question, was on the field as part of the Irish team's playing XI

Heinrich Klaasen's brush with Covid-19: 'Could not run 20-30 metres without heart rate going up too high'
Heinrich Klaasen's brush with Covid-19: 'Could not run 20-30 metres without heart rate going up too high'

Wicketkeeper-batsman will lead South Africa in T20Is in Pakistan without many first-choice players in the mix

Australia postpone South Africa tour because of 'unacceptable' Covid-19 risk
Australia postpone South Africa tour because of 'unacceptable' Covid-19 risk

Cricket Australia informs CSA that it had been left with no choice but to reschedule the tour

Cricket South Africa 'disappointed' at Cricket Australia's tour cancellation
Cricket South Africa 'disappointed' at Cricket Australia's tour cancellation

"The protocols we proposed to CA were unprecedented," said CSA's chief medical officer

CSA asks ICC to intervene after Australia's decision to pull out of South Africa tour
CSA asks ICC to intervene after Australia's decision to pull out of South Africa tour

South African board suggests postponement compromises WTC and is seeking financial redress

England to bring in dedicated mental health and wellbeing support
England to bring in dedicated mental health and wellbeing support

ECB seeks permanent staff member with player welfare brief

New South Africa lockdown won't affect Sri Lanka series
New South Africa lockdown won't affect Sri Lanka series

Country moved into level three restrictions but international sport still allowed to take place

England blame 'unacceptable' Newlands facilities after claims of Covid-19 protocols breach
England blame 'unacceptable' Newlands facilities after claims of Covid-19 protocols breach

Row erupts over tour biosecurity after England players use nets adjoining construction site

Mark Boucher focused on 'care factor' after three South Africa players forced to self-isolate
Mark Boucher focused on 'care factor' after three South Africa players forced to self-isolate

"Sitting in rooms alone for up to 10 days is quite tough," says South Africa head coach

Life in the bubble is okay for a while, but over time it is an existential threat
Life in the bubble is okay for a while, but over time it is an existential threat

Why we should take seriously the issue players have raised of the mental toll that living in confinement takes on them

Domestic cricket in Bangladesh to resume with three-team one-day competition
Domestic cricket in Bangladesh to resume with three-team one-day competition

Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Najmul Hossain Shanto to lead the teams, Mashrafe Mortaza left out

Bengal cricketers Mukesh Kumar and Shreyan Chakraborty test positive for Covid-19
Bengal cricketers Mukesh Kumar and Shreyan Chakraborty test positive for Covid-19

Apart from 37 cricketers, men and women, coaches, physios, security personnel and others were tested by CAB

Saif Hassan tests positive for Covid-19 a second time
Saif Hassan tests positive for Covid-19 a second time

The second test was taken exactly seven days after the Bangladesh batsman first tested positive

Spectators set for return to Australian cricket - with minimal cheering
Spectators set for return to Australian cricket - with minimal cheering

Women's series between Australia and New Zealand later this month to have a limited crowd

Channel Seven dispute with Cricket Australia escalates towards crisis point
Channel Seven dispute with Cricket Australia escalates towards crisis point

The broadcaster is threatening to pull out of its deal due to anger at the proposed schedule for the summer

Covid-19 crisis - Indian domestic cricketers brace for 'massive financial loss'
Covid-19 crisis - Indian domestic cricketers brace for 'massive financial loss'

"It's very easy to say the BCCI should compensate players, but how," asks Ratnakar Shetty