Cricket Australia denied on Wednesday it was solely considering profitable sequence towards India and England after scrapping next month’s Test tour to South Africa over coronavirus fears. The withdrawal drew a pointy response from Cricket South Africa, which expressed frustration on the “eleventh hour” choice regardless of in depth work to determine bio-secure bubbles for the vacationers. CA interim chief government Nick Hockley described the pull out as “heartbreaking”, insisting the Covid-19 scenario in South Africa gave the Australians no selection.
“We share their disappointment, we’ve all worked to make this tour happen,” he advised reporters.
“At the end of the day, the weight of medical advice and our duty of care to players and staff meant we were really left with no alternative.”
South Africa is the worst-hit nation on the continent, with 1.5 million detected infections and greater than 44,000 fatalities.
Hockley stated CA had provided to host the sequence in Australia, the place the virus is essentially contained, however scheduling clashes and the necessity to quarantine meant it was not possible for the South Africans.
He hoped the three-match sequence could possibly be rescheduled however stated no preparations had but been made.
Australia has additionally dropped sequence towards the West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and New Zealand for the reason that pandemic hit.
Yet they just lately hosted a money-spinning sequence towards India and travelled to England for limited-overs matches, with Joe Root’s males scheduled to journey Down Under later this yr for the marquee Ashes sequence.
Hockley denied monetary concerns had performed an element in Australia’s scheduling selections throughout the pandemic.
“I’d refute that in the strongest possible terms,” he stated.
“We have done absolutely everything we possibly can to make this tour happen. It’s a very difficult situation in South Africa just now, that’s what makes it even more heartbreaking that we are not able to go.
“We would like to go however the medical recommendation says it is not secure to take action. We need to play cricket, we need to help world cricket.”
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