The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa have opted to postpone the series after a COVID-19 outbreak in the England touring party.

In a joint statement, CSA and ECB stated “Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to postpone the remaining matches in the current Betway One-Day International (ODI) Series,”

 

The teams played three Twenty20 internationals without any problems before the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first one-day international in Cape Town last Friday was postponed after a member of the South Africa squad tested positive for Covid-19. It has been delayed three times in four days because of positive tests for Covid-19 in both squads and at their shared hotel in Cape Town.

The ECB and CSA will now work together to determine when the three-match Series, which forms part of the ICC Cricket Men’s Super League, can take place in the future.

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, 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 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.”

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 men’s team in the near future.”

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