Cricket Australia (CA) declared on Tuesday that Australia’s tour of South Africa stands postponed due to the health concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Australian men team was to tour South Africa this month for a three-match Test series. However, given the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the host country, CA has decided not to go ahead with the tour as planned to avoid putting the health of the players and staff at risk.
“Due to the public health situation in South Africa, which includes a second wave and a new variant of the virus, and following extensive due diligence with medical experts, it has become clear that travelling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and community,” CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said.
“We acknowledge the significant amount of work by CSA in planning for the tour, during which we made it clear that CA was prepared to take on additional cost and effort to make the series happen.
“This decision has not been made lightly and we are extremely disappointed, especially given the importance of continuing international cricket at this time, our valued relationship with CSA, and our aspirations to compete in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship,” he concluded.
Hockley further said that they would try to fix a date for the tour in the coming future if the circumstance seems right for both the teams and announce it soon.
This comes as a major setback for the Australian team because if they do not play the Test series against South Africa, there is little likelihood that the team will make it into the World Test Championship final.