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08-Dec-2020 05:29:00 GMT
England in South Africa 2020-21

South Africa-England ODI series called off

Cape Town: The remainder of England's white-ball tour of South Africa has been called off amid the COVID-19 scare.

In a joint statement, the two cricket boards, CSA and ECB, stated that the decision to call off the three-match ODI series was taken to ensure the mental and physical health of players.

Notably, several COVID-positive cases have been reported in both the camps, of late.

CSA Acting CEO, Kugandrie Govender said: "The concern over the mental health impact of recent events on all involved is not one that we as CSA or the ECB take lightly and the decision to postpone the tour is the most responsible and reasonable course of action for us. I would like to thank the ECB for the continued positive relations, and we look forward to hosting the England team in the near future."

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: "We have always maintained that the welfare of our players and management is paramount. We were concerned about the potential impact that recent developments might have on the wellbeing of the touring party, and so after consultation with Cricket South Africa we have jointly made the decision to postpone the remaining matches in this Series, in best interest of the players' welfare.

The first of the three-match ODI series was delayed three times in four days, owing to COVID-positive tests in both squads, and at their hotel in Cape Town.

The first ODI, which had to be played on December 4 originally, was postponed to December 6.

After two days, the start time was yet again delayed, before the match was called off.

England had white-washed South Africa in the shortest format after registering a thumping nine-wicket win in the third T20I.

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