The Australian cricket tour to South Africa has been called off owing to the escalating coronavirus pandemic in the host region.
Cricket Australia verified upcoming month’s 3-Take a look at sequence because of to start off on March 3 will not go in advance as the hosts battle to comprise the virus.
The cancellation is a huge blow for Tim Paine’s males who could now miss out on out on a position in the ultimate of the inaugural environment Take a look at championship.
“Due to the community health condition in South Africa, which features a second wave and new variant of the virus, and adhering to extensive thanks diligence with health-related professionals, it has become crystal clear that travelling from Australia to South Africa at this existing time poses an unacceptable stage of well being and basic safety danger to our gamers, aid employees and the neighborhood,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s interim CEO mentioned.
“We accept the major total of do the job by CSA in preparing for the tour, for the duration of which we built it very clear that CA was well prepared to choose on more charge and hard work to make the sequence occur.
“This choice has not been built flippantly and we are very dissatisfied, in particular given the great importance of continuing international cricket at this time, our valued partnership with CSA, and our aspirations to compete in the inaugural ICC Earth Check Championship.”
Cricket Australia stated they hoped to play the collection at a later date.
“As hard and disappointing a conclusion as this is, in particular for Justin (Langer), Tim (Paine) and the staff, we have a duty of care to our persons and their wellbeing and basic safety just can’t be compromised.
“We search forward to participating in the sequence from CSA at a day to be verified in because of program and we send out CSA and the people today of South Africa our really greatest wishes for a prosperous rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and a return to normality shortly.”