Cricket South Africa Asks ICC To Intervene After Australia Call Off South Africa Tour


Cricket South Africa (CSA) has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) asking it to consider the financial losses less wealthy cricket boards have to incur when tours do not take place as planned. This letter comes on the back of Cricket Australia (CA) pulling out of South Africa tour in which both teams were slated to play three Tests.

In the letter, South Africa has termed Australia’s decision to pull out of the series “against the spirit of sportsmanship”, with implications for the credibility of the World Test Championship (WTC), reported ESPNCricinfo.

The letter also raises concerns that this decision by Australia will have a serious impact on the financial well-being of less-wealthy ICC members.

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As per a report in ESPNCricinfo, CSA has not lodged a formal complaint and it has sent its letter as a means of opening communication about finding the best possible outcome to maintain international cricket schedule during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, Australia’s three-match Test tour of South Africa was postponed due to an ‘unacceptable’ coronavirus risk. The Australian board had said that traveling from Australia to South Africa at this current time would have had an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to the visiting players.

As the series between Australia and South Africa got postponed, the ICC on Tuesday confirmed that New Zealand has now become the first team to qualify for the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC). India, Australia, and England are the other three teams that will be fighting it out to battle against New Zealand in the summit clash.

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