Australia postpones their scheduled Test tour of South Africa due to COVID-19 outbreak

Australia vs South Africa Series: Cricket Australia on Tuesday announces the postponement of Australia's scheduled tour of South Africa due to the second wave of the deadly virus emerges out in South Africa.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 02, 2021 16:53 IST
Australia postpones their scheduled Test tour of South Africa due to COVID-19 outbreak
Australia has cancelled the upcoming tour of South Africa. (Image source: gettyimages)

AUS vs SA Series: Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday announces the postponement of Australia's scheduled tour of South Africa owing to the new wave of coronavirus. Now, it is official that the three-match Test series between Australia and South Africa has been postponed due to the second wave of the deadly virus emerges out in SA. By virtue of which Australia's chances of qualifying for the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) has received a massive setback.

Meanwhile, the Australian squad was slated to fly out for the three-match Test series later this month, but CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley reckons that the tour poses “unacceptable” risk.

"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.

"Due to the public health situation in South Africa, which includes a second wave and a new variant of the virus, and following extensive due diligence with medical experts, it has become clear that traveling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and community," an official statement from CA's interim CEO Nick Hockley read on Tuesday (February 2) read.

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"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."