Aus vs SA – Cricket Australia postpones upcoming Test tour of South Africa due to COVID-19: Cricket Australia on Tuesday said that they have decided to postpone their upcoming tour of South Africa due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in SA. In a tweet post, Cricket Australia said, “Today we informed Cricket South Africa that we believe we have no choice but to postpone the forthcoming Qantas Tour of South Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
“Due to the public health situation in South Africa, which includes a second wave and 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 time poses an acceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staffs and the community,” said Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia Interim CEO in an official statement.
“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,” it added.
As per the statement, the decision has been taken keeping in mind the ‘health and safety’ of their people.
“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.”
“However, we have been consistent since the start of the pandemic that the health and safety of our people is always our number one priority and unfortunately despite best efforts to agree to a biosecurity plan, the risks are simply too great at this time.”
“As difficult and disappointing a decision as this is, especially for Justin, Tim and the Team, we have a duty of care to our people and their health and safety can’t be compromised.”
The statement further added a new date will be confirmed by Cricket Australian due course.
“We look forward to playing the series against CSA at a date to be confirmed in due course and we send CSA and the people of South Africa our very best wishes for a successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and a return to normality soon.”
Australia was supposed to play a three-match Test series in South Africa in February.