England's South Africa tour called off
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: England's tour of South Africa has been called off following the outbreak of Covid-19 among both teams' camps and staff at their hotel. The three ODIs have officially been postponed, with a possibility they could be played at a later date. The decision came after the opening ODI of the series was pushed back three times in four days.
The announcement was made via a joint statement from Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), although it is reported that it came at the behest of the English board.
The chief executives of both boards cited player welfare as a primary concern in the decision to curtail the tour, with players understood to be uneasy about recent developments and the fact that the bio-secure bubble had been breached.
The three-match ODI series forms part of the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup via the ICC's new Super League, and the boards signalled their intention to stage the series at a later date