The fear finally came true. The last two matches of their ODI series against the Netherlands have been postponed due to the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus in South Africa.
Cricket South Africa said in a statement on Saturday that the decision was taken by mutual agreement between the two countries’ cricket boards.
The first match of the ICC ODI World Cup Super League series was abandoned on Friday due to rain. Both teams get 5 points. Cricket South Africa is optimistic about hosting the remaining two matches before the end of this cycle of Super League in 2023.
The Dutch will have to stay in South Africa for the time being as there is no return flight. Their players are thought to be out of a state of mind to play in South Africa following a travel ban. As the team’s coach and former Australian keeper-batsman Ryan Campbell tweeted on Friday, they played with ‘incredible pressure on the head’.
The United Kingdom, the United States, most of Europe, Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand have banned travel to South African countries. Quarantine has been imposed on their own citizens returning from the region.
India ‘A’ is currently on a tour of South Africa. India’s senior team is scheduled to travel to the country on December 6 to play three Tests and one ODI and four T20s. India, however, has so far not imposed any restrictions on South African travelers. However, there are strict screening arrangements for people from this region.
The coronavirus had a devastating effect on South Africa last summer. England returned to the country without playing an ODI in their limited overs tour. Australia cancels four-Test tour Sri Lanka and Pakistan, however, ended the tour without any problems in the tight bio-safety zone.