The ODI series between England and South Africa has now officially been called off after the outbreak of Covid-19 among both teams’ camps and staff at their hotel. The three match ODI series of the ICC ODI Super League, has officially been postponed till uncertainty with a possibility of being played at later date.
The decision came after postponing the start of the series thrice since the originally scheduled start of the series at Friday. The match scheduled at Newlands on Friday was postponed to Sunday at Paarl, which failed after a couple of attempts and first game was abandoned. Things didn’t get better ahead of second ODI, Monday , and tour had to be cancelled due to English team having chartered flight on Thursday.
A South Africa player and two members of hotel staff tested positive, while England say two members of their party returned “unconfirmed positive tests.” The decision was taken on Monday afternoon, jointly by the two Boards considering “the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams.”
CSA Acting CEO, Kugandrie Govender said: “The concern over the mental health impact of recent events on all involved is not one that we as CSA or the ECB take lightly and the decision to postpone the tour is the most responsible and reasonable course of action for us. I would like to thank the ECB for the continued positive relations, and we look forward to hosting the England team in the near future.“
CEO of ECB, Tim Harrington said, “We have always maintained that the welfare of our players and management is paramount. We were concerned about the potential impact that recent developments might have on the wellbeing of the touring party, and so after consultation with Cricket South Africa we have jointly made the decision to postpone the remaining matches in this Series, in best interest of the players’ welfare. I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding on this matter and look forward to working with them to identify a time when we can return to play these fixtures in the future.”
The viability of South Africa’s scheduled home series against Sri Lanka , Australia and Pakistan, this season is now on serious question after the postponement of this series against England and with increasing infection rates in the country.
South Africa is scheduled to play Sri Lanka from Dec-26 at home, while England has no confirmed schedules till the mid of next year.