Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - New Covid variant forces postponement of South Africa-Netherlands ODIs. The decision was taken on the back of restrictions being imposed on flights from South Africa
The decision was taken on the back of restrictions being imposed on flights from South Africa
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) have mutually agreed to postpone the three-match ODI series following concerns over the new Covid-19 variant.
With several countries around the world including the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union imposing restrictions on flights arriving from South Africa, there were concerns in the Netherlands camp.
The two teams have already played one ODI on Friday (November 26) which ended in a no-result following the arrival of rain during the run chase. The two boards are now hopeful of completing the second and third ODI before the completion of the ODI league cycle in 2023.
“We are disappointed by the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in, but the comfort of all visiting teams must always be paramount,” CSA Acting CEO, Mr Pholetsi Moseki said. “The mental well-being of players is one of CSA's top priorities, and we respect our visitors' position and point of view. CSA and KNCB will get into discussions around possibly rescheduling the tour within this cycle of the ICC Future Tours Programme ending in 2023.”
India A are currently playing in South Africa and the senior side is expected to travel next month for a long tour. CSA will be hoping the tour can go ahead especially after Australia's pull out earlier this year. England had also returned from their tour midway without playing the ODIs.