- Cricket South Africa and England and the Wales Cricket Board agreed to cancel the opening ODI between the sides at Boland Park on Sunday.
- Cricket chief CSA Graeme Smith said they were “deeply sorry for this situation”.
- Three proteas players have tested positive and two unconfirmed positive tests from the tournament party in England have cast doubt on the remaining games.
The initial ODI between Proteas and England has been canceled in Paarl as the coronavirus continues to bother tourists’ short visits to the country, which was originally planned to contain three T20Is and three ODIs.
Since the team entered a specially created cinema bubble on November 18, Covid-19 has continued to rock the tour.
After a thunderous This year, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has once again been put in the spotlight, this time over the safety and well-being of its players, the English team and their support staff.
After the cancellation of the first ODI at Boland Park, head of Cricket Graeme Smith said the CSA is “deeply sorry” for the difficult circumstances that have affected the tour.
“CSA is making every effort to ensure that our top priority, which is the health, safety and well-being of players, support staff and everyone involved in this series, is protected. With this in mind, we have made the joint decision to cancel today’s match,” he said. the former protease skipper.
“We deeply regret this situation given the time and energy put into hosting a successful tour. We will continue to give the England team all the support they need.
“We have continuous discussions with the ECB as we navigate the situation under the leadership of our combined medical teams.”
So far, three protease players have tested positive for coronavirus with the latest incident where the home team occurred before Friday’s postponed ODI.
On Sunday, an hour before the start of the rescheduled match in Paarl, CSA confirmed that two employees at the Vineyard Hotel – the base for both England and Proteas – had tested positive for Covid-19.
As a precaution, the English players and management underwent another PCR test round on Saturday night.
It was then confirmed that two members of the England Touring Party returned with unconfirmed positive tests for Covid-19.
A decision on the remaining two ODIs (Monday and Wednesday in Newlands) will be taken when England’s test results are “ratified independently by medical experts”.
England have dealt with biobubbles in the past as they recently ended a successful cricket summer against the Caribbean, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia.
This was Protea’s first experience of hosting and participating in teams in a biosafe environment.
Proteas ODI squad:
Quinton de Kock (captain, Titans), Temba Bavuma (Lions), Junior Dala (Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), George Linde (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Janneman Malan (Cape Cobras), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Lions), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Glenton Stuurman ( Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Cape Cobras)
England ODI squad:
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)
Protea changed tour dates:
Monday 7 December – 2nd ODI, Newlands, Cape Town (Day-night Match)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 3rd ODI, Newlands, Cape Town (Day-night Match).