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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has received the clearance from the country’s Sports Ministry to allow their players to resume training amid COVID-19 pandemic. The South African men’s team were last in action against Australia in the three-match ODI series on the home soil. After losing the T20I series, South Africa came back strongly to clean sweep the One-dayers. Their tour to India was called off due to the COVID-19 threat.

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According to ESPN Cricinfo, the CSA would have a meeting on Thursday to plan for further proceedings. The Board will have its concentration on getting their men’s and women’s team in action while franchise and provisional athletes have to wait before their pre-season camps begin.

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South Africa Credit: BCCI

Meanwhile, the CSA also postponed the 3TC competition or Solidarity Cup, which was slated to begin from the 27th of June. The association noted that more work would be required for the tournament to take place and thus stood postponed. No cricket has taken place in South Africa since the 15th of March when the group stage of the domestic one-day competition finished.

As far as the broader picture is concerned, international cricket would return when England and West Indies collide in a three-Test series from the 8th of July. Additionally, the Pakistan team have also landed in Manchester. They would take on England in three Tests and three T20Is, beginning in August. The national team’s tour of Sri Lanka and West Indies would also be delayed indefinitely. The nation has reported over 1,38,000 cases with 2400 fatalities. South African women’s team’s fixtures against Australia and West Indies also stand deferred.

CSA hoping for India’s tour of South Africa to happen:

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Virat Kohli (L) and Quinton de Kock (R). Credit: BCCI

The South African cricket Board would also be looking forward towards hosting the men in blue for three T20Is in August.

However, that seems a long shot, considering BCCI’s announcement of no training camp for India before August. Hence, Virat Kohli’s men aren’t likely to resume training anytime soon. India has been recording at least 10000 cases each day for the past few weeks.

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