Cricket Australia has mentioned that they are hoping to find a time for the postponed test series against South Africa in 2023 and has also mentioned about the relationship. Australia were supposed to tour South Africa in 2021 for a complete test tour, and it could have impacted their World Test Championship finals qualification.
However, they pulled out of the tour at the last moment citing the quarantine rules and the tight schedule, and they haven’t played a test series after the home series against India. CSA wasn’t pleased with Cricket Australia pulling out of the tour at the last moment, and it seems they will rebuild the relationship soon.
Nick Hockley Confirms 2023 Window For Rescheduled Tour
Nick Hockley mentioned that Cricket Australia was disappointed to not travel this year in March and to have postponed the tour and added that 2023 would be the ideal year for rescheduling the tour. Australia’s one-off test against Afghanistan is unlikely to take place this year also.
“As we said at the time when we were very disappointed and I know our players were extremely, extremely disappointed not to be able to go to South Africa, so we’re pleased that we’ve been able to find a window in 2023 to reschedule,” CA’s Chief Executive Nick Hockley.
We Will Make Sure Things Get Done – New CA Chairman
The previous CA Chairman, Earl Eddings had left his position, and the new CA Chairman Freudenstein had felt that the timing has been unfortunate. He added that the board had earlier planned to keep the relationship going by appointing a new successor but assured the scheduling of South Africa and the relationship will be taken care of still.
“I think the timing is a little bit unfortunate, “We at the board had planned for an orderly transition that would have started with appointing a successor at the end of the season, and then that handover happening over the next period of time to help build those relationships. But we’ve got an experienced board and an experienced executive team, and we will make sure things get done. That’s just the way cricket works,” Freudenstein said of Earl Eddings’ departure.
It will be interesting to see if Tim Paine led Australia makes it to Pakistan for their first test tour since 1998.