Cricket Australia (CA) Interim Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley said that the decision to postpone the tour there had to be taken in view of the growing cases of the Covid-19epidemic in South Africa. He also said that before doing so, all possible options were considered, including the offer to host the series.
The CA said on Tuesday that it was forced to postpone next month’s tour in view of the ‘health and safety risks’ caused by the epidemic in South Africa. With this, he is almost eliminated from the final of the World Test Championship to be held later this year.
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) expressed great disappointment over the postponement of the tour, after which Hawkley had to clarify. According to Australian media, Hawkley said, “We had offered to host the series but Cricket South Africa made it clear that it has other commitments and furthermore the issue of isolation which is not possible.”
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He said, ‘We will work on it in the coming weeks and months so that we can re-schedule the series. We had made a formal offer to host but Cricket South Africa had made their position clear and we respect that.
Hawkley said that he was aware of the consequences of postponing the tour but it was decided in the best interests of the players and support staff. He said, ‘We all knew about the rules and that was why it was extremely difficult to decide. We made every effort to continue the tour, but in the end we accepted the advice of the doctors.
Hawkley said, ‘We had a long discussion with the players’ union. I talked to the coach. The players are really disappointed. They want to play cricket. He wants to play in the World Test Championship. He wants to play Test cricket. They want to take the field again after the recent series against India.
Australia team was to tour South Africa but it has been postponed