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Delray Rawlins’s hopes of getting a run-out against international opposition have been dashed for safety reasons owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Bermuda all-rounder and his Sussex team-mates had been scheduled to do battle with the touring Sri Lankans in a Twenty20 affair at the 1st Central County Ground on June 20.
However, the contest was cancelled after an agreement was made between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the respective boards of the international teams due to tour England this summer.
New Zealand and Pakistan’s fixtures against first-class counties have also been cancelled as part of the agreement. The teams will instead play intra-squad matches to allow them suitable preparation for their international fixtures this summer.
These agreements were made to allow the ECB to focus on delivering the safest possible environment for all international cricket matches scheduled to take place.
“Would have been nice to play against an international side, but so it goes,” Rawlins told The Royal Gazette.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old has been named in an unchanged Sussex squad that will face Glamorgan in the LV= Insurance County Championship today at Sophia Gardens.
Rawlins says he and his team-mates are up for the challenge.
“The boys are in a good place and just looking forward to going out and fighting to hopefully get our first win of the season,” he added.
Sussex produced an encouraging display against a formidable Lancashire side in their championship opener, which ended in a draw at Emirates Old Trafford last weekend.
The two rivals had to settle for a share of the spoils after snow brought proceedings to an early halt during the fourth and final day’s play.
Sussex were 103 for two in their second innings when the covers came on, three runs behind overall, with opener Aaron Thomason (46) and Tom Clark (14) at the crease.
“It was a good, tough game,” said Rawlins, who stroked 18 from 36 balls, which included two boundaries, and added 62 in a fifth-wicket partnership with Tom Haines, who made 155 in the Sussex first innings.
“Shame not to get a result. But as a team we were happy with the way we played. We fought hard and it’s important to back it up at Glamorgan.”