The severe drought in the South African city of Cape Town has resulted in the cancellation of all club and school tournaments for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The situation has also left WPCA in a flux as they are scheduled to host a Test between South Africa and Australia in March.
Cape Town has earmarked April 12 as Day Zero, when all the residents on the foothill of the Table Mountain will have to queue at 200 water points to receive an allocation of 25
Considering the serious situation that Cape Town is facing at the moment, the club season has been cancelled and there will be no promotion or relegation system this season. Instead, the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) will appoint a task team to decide how they will approach the 2018-19 season.
"The spirit of cooperation and good-will was evident at the meeting. This drought is immense and we are aware that the cancellation may impact negatively on the game at grassroots level. Yet we are also aware of the lack of water and day-zero presenting an existential crisis which we want to address in association with the City and its people in a thoughtful manner," Nabeal Dien, the chief executive officer of the WPCA, said about the decision, reported ESPNCricinfo.
However, provincial men's and women's matches will continue to take place as per the normal schedule and the three internationals scheduled for Newlands - an ODI against India on February 7, a T20 on February 24 and the Test against Australia in March – are expected to go smoothly.