The ODI series between England and South Africa has been called off on medical grounds.
According to the details, in a joint statement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and ECB stated that the decision has been taken to ensure the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams.
Chief Executive Officer of ECB, Tom Harrison said that: “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.”
Tom Harrison said:
“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.”
On the other hand, 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.
He added that “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.”
The decision to call off the tour came after breaches of the bio-secure environment at the hotel in Cape Town where both teams are staying.
A player from the South African team tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday (December 4th). Two hotel staff members then tested positive before two members of the England touring party returned what was described as “unconfirmed positive tests” on Sunday.