The Australian cricket tour to South Africa has been cancelled due to heightening in coronavirus pandemic in the host country.
The Cricket Australia has confirmed that the next month’s three Test series which was going to start from 3rd march will not go forward as the host country struggle to contain the coronavirus.
The dropping is huge blow for Tim Paine’s team who could now pass up a spot in the final of the World Test Championship.
Cricket Australia’s interim CEO, Nick Hockely said, “Due to the public health condition in South Africa, which also includes a second wave and new variant of the virus and following the extensive diligence with the medical experts, it has become clear that travelling to South Africa from Australia is not acceptable and risky to out players, support staff and the community.”
“We recognize the critical measure of work by CSA in anticipating the visit, during which we clarified that CA was set up to require on extra expense and exertion to make the arrangement occur.”
“This decision has not been made lightly and we are very disappointed, particularly given the significance of proceeding with Global cricket right now, our esteemed relationship with CSA, and our aspirations to compete in the debut ICC World Test Championship.”
Cricket Australia (CA) said they hoped to play the series at later date.
“We are looking forward to play the series against CSA at a date which is yet to be confirmed in mean time we send CSA and people of South Africa our very best regards for a successful rollout of the Covid vaccine and a return to normal situations soon.”