BCB and BFA keeping close tabs on Hurricane Fiona
Bermuda’s cricket and football governing bodies are closely monitoring Hurricane Fiona which could impact on this weekend’s scheduled fixtures.
The year’s first major hurricane remains on track to pass about 100 miles to the northwest of Bermuda early on Friday morning, raising doubts whether any cricket or football will be able to be played.
“We will assess the storm update again tomorrow (Thursday) and then review it with what takes place on Friday,” Cal Blankendal, the Bermuda Cricket Board chief executive, told The Royal Gazette. “Then we will update the clubs and general public once an assessment has been made if cricket will be played Saturday and Sunday.”
Athene T20 action is scheduled to be held across the island throughout the entire weekend.
“It’s too early to make a call so we have to do like any other storm to see what activity takes place,” Blankendal added. “We have to assess any damage first of all to personal residences of players or family homes, then of course club facilities and then make sure that roads are accessible to see if cricket can be played.
“We have to wait how this storm impacts Bermuda so hopefully it doesn’t impact the island for the safety of its residents and all emergency staff that’s going to be out there during or after the storm.
“Hopefully we can get cricket played but that is secondary to all Bermudian residents.“
The Bermuda Football Association have also yet to make a call on the Dudley Eve Trophy play-off double header scheduled for Goose Gosling Field on Saturday night.
“The Competitions Committee haven’t said anything so the games will go on until further notice,” Ajani Tucker, the BFA’s Head of Marketing and Sponsorship, said.