The T20 international series between Hong Kong and Malaysia this month has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus global health emergency.
With Hong Kong authorities imposing border and travel restrictions, Cricket Hong Kong have been forced to cancel the five-match series scheduled for February 18-22 in the city.
The series is the latest sporting event to have been cancelled or postponed due to the viral outbreak originating from China.
“In light of the recent confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in Hong Kong SAR, and in support of Government’s efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, Cricket Hong Kong has decided to cancel the upcoming T20 series against Malaysia. It is hoped the series can be rescheduled later in the year,” Cricket HK said in a statement.
“Cricket Hong Kong would like to take this opportunity to thank Malaysian Cricket Association for their understanding and support in light of this unprecedented situation.”
The series would have formed a valuable part of both countries’ preparations for the ACC Men’s Eastern Region T20 Tournament in Thailand from Feb 29.
The finalists from the Eastern Region tournament will qualify for the Asia Cup Qualifiers with the winner of that tournament earning the right to compete at the 2020 Asia Cup.
The Malaysian national team returned from a tour of Nepal in January after competing in the South Asian country’s 50-overs domestic cup tournament and playing a three-match series against a Nepal selection.