The ICC World Cup Qualifier matches scheduled at Harare Sports Club will proceed as planned despite a fire that occurred on Tuesday night following Zimbabwe’s triumphant match against the Netherlands.
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Giving credit to the swift response of the Fire Brigade, the fire that erupted behind the main supporters’ stand at approximately 8pm was promptly extinguished.
Darlington Majonga, the spokesperson for Zimbabwe Cricket, confirmed that the planned program will proceed as originally scheduled without any disruptions.
According to H-Metro, Majonga said:
“ZC can confirm a fire occurred at Harare Sports Club behind the south-west grandstand at the venue (Tuesday) night.
“A prompt response from the City of Harare Fire Brigade ensured the flames were quickly doused and there was no damage caused to any of the structures at the ground.
“Tomorrow’s (today’s) ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 fixture at Harare Sports Club will not be affected and will proceed as scheduled.”
Today, Zimbabwe’s cricket team, the Chevrons, has a day off from matches.
They will resume their action on Saturday when they face the West Indies at Harare Sports Club.
In their previous matches, the Chevrons displayed a strong performance by securing victories against Nepal and the Netherlands with respective margins of eight and six wickets.
Today, at Harare Sports Club, the West Indies will be facing Nepal in a cricket match.
Simultaneously, the Netherlands and the United States teams will be competing against each other at Takashinga.
Social media platforms were flooded with shared images and videos capturing a raging fire dangerously close to the stands located at the southern end of the field.
It is alleged that the fire was fueled by the thatched covering, which had been previously removed from a structure undergoing renovation and placed at ground level. The exact cause of the thatch catching fire remains unknown.