England tour of South Africa: Huge blow for CSA, series against Eng cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak

England tour of South Africa cancelled: England’s tour of South Africa has been called off after two members of the touring party were tested positive for COVID-19. The visitors were tested on Saturday after two members of their hotel staff came back positive.

Following this, the first ODI was called off. Now even the Monday and Wednesday games have been abandoned.

This has now put a lot of burden on Cricket South Africa who are already struggling financially. According to a DailyMail report, CSA will suffer around £500,000 in broadcast money for every unfulfilled fixture.

Furthermore, concerns over the integrity of the ‘bio-bubble’ at teams’ hotel, Vineyard Hotel near Newlands in Cape Town.

Earlier on Sunday, the rescheduled first ODI was abandoned after two hotel staff tested positive.

“The decision has been taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) whilst they await the outcome of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp and the continued health and wellbeing of both playing groups,” CSA said in a statement on Sunday.

“Once the findings of this review have been received, CSA and ECB will then discuss how best to proceed concerning the remaining two matches of this ODI Series.”

The series had been scheduled to start on Friday but was delayed after an unnamed South African player tested positive during a mandatory round of testing following the three Twenty20 Internationals that were all won by England.