Cape Town: The ODI between England and South Africa has been canceled after a case of Coronavirus infection was found at a luxury hotel in Cape Town. Both teams stayed in this hotel. Some members in both teams are infected. 2 members of hotel staff have also been affected by this disease.
The decision to cancel the ODI series was made by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA). Both the boards issued a statement saying that this decision was taken ‘to ensure mental and physical health of the players of both teams’.
“CSA is doing everything in our power to ensure that our top priority, which is the health, safety and welfare of players, support staff and all involved in this series is safeguarded. With that in mind, we have made the joint decision to cancel todays match.
– Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 6, 2020
The first match of this series was to be played on Friday, but on the morning of the match, a player from South Africa was found to be Coronavirus Positive, due to which the match was postponed till Sunday.
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After this, the first ODI was canceled on Sunday as it was found that 2 members of the hotel staff are also infected with Kovid-19 (COVID-19). After this, the England team conducted fresh tests. Two members of the England team were also found positive for Kovid-19, although the ECB said it wanted verification of the tests from the independent medical team before deciding on the remaining matches of the tour.
Both the ECB and Cricket South Africa were expected to host the remaining 2 ODIs, but the tour ended with the announcement on Monday. The ECB and CSA said that they are effectively postponing the series until England finds a suitable time to tour South Africa again to play the match.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison said, ‘We have always said that the welfare of our players and team management is paramount. We were worried about the recent events and after consultation with Cricket South Africa, we decided to postpone the remaining matches of this series in the best interest of the players. The ECB did not provide any information about the status of the 2 members of its team who were found to be Kovid-19 positive over the weekend.
This is an embarrassing incident for South African cricket which failed to keep the Cape Town hotel bio safe. During the tour that began in mid-November, 3 South African players were found positive and 2 of them are believed to have entered the bio-safe environment. A series of 3 T20 matches was played between these two teams earlier, which England won 3–0.