Caledonia Pride have been forced out of this season’s WBBL Cup.

The decision, the club confirm, was because the Scottish Government’s lifting of the ban on professional indoor sport arrived too late to enter.

It means the Edinburgh-based outfit are facing a two-month delay to the start of their season with their nine rivals south of the border set to tip off in the Cup on November 7.

And Pride head coach Bart Sengers admits waiting until January 2 for their opening clash in the Women’s British Basketball League will be tough on his young team.

The Dutchman said: “All the fixtures had been planned out before the change of rules and the WBBL said it was too late to bring us in. But on the other hand, I’m not sure how ready we would have been ready because we’ve only been able to practice properly for the past week.

“We’re now effectively going to have a ten-week pre-season. I’m just hoping we will definitely be able to go ahead in January. But it gives us challenges to get any kind of game before then because it’s going to be tough to get anyone to come and play us up in Edinburgh.”

In unveiling its fixture list, it has yet to be confirmed whether Glasgow’s Emirates Arena will remain as the venue for the BBL and WBBL Trophy finals, due to be held in March.

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