Cape Town - The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) has quashed rumours that the start of the 2018/19 club season will be delayed.
Preparation of pitches and fields has been slowed due a shortage of
City of Cape Town-appointed contractors at grounds in need of
significant improvement after a challenging 12 months.
The WPCA submitted the first and second draft
of fixtures to all clubs earlier this month.
Subject to feedback, the
third and final lists, including the Ama20 Competition fixtures, are
anticipated before the end of September.
“Amidst the current unrest and the rumours that are making the
rounds, the City of Cape Town have been experiencing delays in terms
internal financial processes,” read an excerpt from Friday’s WPCA email.
“The WPCA have been in continuous contact with the City of Cape Town
with regards to the delay and urgent need for contractors at facilities.
"The WPCA and the CoCT will continue to work together to ensure
that fixtures take place as per the fixture dates - and that the Ama20
Competition commences on the 13 October 2018.
“We will be meeting the City of Cape Town next week to discuss the
challenges faced - and to ensure that we have a full season. We urge
clubs to remain focussed and positive for a successful 2018-19 club
The 2017/18 club season ended prematurely, in January, due to severe water shortages in Cape Town and surrounds at the time.