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European Cricket Series legs postponed amid COVID-19 fears

Cricket among other sports has reached a standstill in mainland Europe, with two legs of the Dream11 European Cricket Series postponed in Spain.

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The European Cricket Network (ECN) has announced the postponement of the Catalunya and Barcelona Dream11
European Cricket Series events scheduled in the next two weeks in Spain after fears the COVID-19 transmission.

Dream11 European Cricket Series Barcelona was due to start on Monday, with Dream European Cricket Series Catalunya planned for March 23-27 at Montjuic. Though after a government directive from the Spanish Government to avoid mass gatherings, the decision to not hold the events on the original dates was made by organisers

Daniel Weston, founder of the European Cricket League, Network and Series, explained the decision.

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“Due to significant uncertainty based on public health concerns for players, officials and staff, we have been forced to postpone the upcoming two Dream11 European Cricket Series events in Spain,” Weston said.

“We are very mindful of the understandable government concerns regarding travel and public events and must play our part in keeping everyone safe and healthy as a number one priority. We remain committed to growing cricket in all corners of Europe in the months ahead when circumstances permit.”

A travel ban is in place and the Spanish government has also suspended events to be held at the venues that were being dressed for the two competitions.

At this stage, the second edition of the European Cricket League will go ahead as planned. Played from May 31- June 7 at the La Manga Club in Spain 16 clubs from 15 different countries will feature over eight days of T10 action.

Last weekend saw the final of the first European Cricket Series leg, held in Alicante, with Madrid United Cricket Club defeating Pinatar Pirates by nine wickets and 16 balls to spare.

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Daniel Beswick
Daniel Beswick
One of our EC Podcast hosts, Daniel has just returned from duty at Channel 7 for the BBL and WBBL, and has been a member of the stats department at Fox Sports Australia since November 2016, also supporting commentators and on-air talent for the network’s coverage of cricket, among other sports. Daniel commentated action at World Cricket League 2, calling both USA vs PNG and Namibia vs Oman ODI matches on the same day.

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