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England’s tour of South Africa called off due to COVID-19

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England’s One day internationals series of South Africa has finally come to an end, ECB and CSA confirmed on Monday. This comes after several medical staff and South African players tested positive of coronavirus ahead of the first ODI.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket South Africa jointly agreed on calling off the remaining series on the grounds of medical safety.

Both the boards issued a joint statement stating that the decision was taken considering both mental and physical burdens on the players of both the sides.

England had won the T20I series 3-0 earlier this month before heading on to the ODI series originally scheduled to begin from December 4.

 Kugandrie Govender, the acting CEO of Cricket South Africa 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.” he added.

Last week CSA had even admitted that the bio-security bubble may be faulty that caused three South African players contacting the virus. The following days saw two England players and as many hotel staff returning positive for the virus.

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, added: “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”

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