England’s South Africa tour has been called off due to the team hotel’s outbreak of covid-19.
The three ODIs are postponed and will likely be played on a later occasion.
The ODI series had some unusual events, with the match rescheduled minutes before the start of play.
After covid scares before the ODIs, the games have been rescheduled to a few days later.
The rescheduling happened a few times as the game was postponed close to the start of play on two occasions.
Looking at teams’ safety, the series has been delayed, and England will likely be flying home shortly.
Both camps have experienced positive test results.
Before the tour began, a few members on the South African side have also tested positive.
There has been news of the Covid protocols being breached as England practiced outside the permitted area.
However, the permission has been given as the nets in Newlands did not satisfy the England cricket team.
The players and management were looked at as the priority while discussing the way forward for the tour.
With players feeling uneasy about the bio-bubble, the tour has been called off to mentally help the players.
The three-match series is a part of the ICC super league.
The league is a new addition to international Cricket.
The league is also a part of the 2023 World Cup qualification process to be held in India.
With the rules changing for the Test Championship, the Super League may face a similar fate if more games are called off.
With the Super League in mind, the two nations have agreed to stage the series later.
England has a busy year ahead with a string of overseas tours.
They will be visiting Bangladesh, Pakistan, West Indies, and Australia.
The T20 World Cup in India next year is also on the radar, while they also have a string of matches against India.
Rescheduling the ODI series may be difficult given the tight schedule for England.
On the other hand, South Africa will look to review their bio-bubbles and the protocols in place.
With the practice facilities in the discussion, South Africa has a few things to consider before high-profile teams visit.
South Africa has series at home with Australia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
With the number of infections rising in South Africa, there will be doubts about the tour’s possibility.
Further cancellations will hit the board hard financially as the current cancellation has done.