South Africa vs England: ODI series cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak

The South Africa vs England ODI series has been called off on medicals grounds, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the England squad. The 1st ODI was called off as two members of the staff at the hotel where the visitors stayed tested positive.

The series was hit with another blow as two members of the England squad tested positive for the virus as well. It has not been clarified whether the ones that have tested positive are staff members or players.


Cricket South Africa Acting CEO, Kugandrie Govender released a statement concerning the issue, stating mental health as one of the reasons that the tour has been called off.

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 men’s team in the near future.”

Tom Harrison, ECB CEO also had his say on the decision.

“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 the 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,” added Harrison.