Staff Reporter – The Zimbabwe Daily

Lusaka, Zambia – Zambia might become the first African country to play professional cricket during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The Zambia Cricket League which is the country’s inaugural professional cricket league will feature Lusaka Heats, Ndola Blitz, Kitwe Kings and Kabwe Stars and will commence on the 4th of July and end on the 12th of July 2020.

“It will be an exciting league season for the teams looking forward to hitting the ground. The league will be an ideal preparation of the sport for the players and also a tremendous opportunity for fans to enjoy good cricket,” said Kushal Jain, chairman of the Zambia Professional Cricketers Association.

Jain also said since the whole world was fighting the COVID- 19 pandemic, it was time for the association to create a platform for the association to showcase its cricket talent.

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The league will take place at the Lotus Sports Club grounds in Kamwala, Lusaka. The league will be broadcasted live in 12 different countries across the globe.

Zambia has now recorded more than 1 600 COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths and is still under a nationwide lockdown however, sporting activities in the category of low contact and medium contact such as cricket have been allowed to resume their activities provided they follow the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.