England and Wales Cricket Board [ECB] are willing to bear their expenses of travel when they tour South Africa for a series of three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals in November-December, given the financial mess that CSA currently finds itself in.
According to a report in the ‘Daily Mail’, ECB are willing to bear their own expenses, which according to the newspaper, could be as high as £3,80,000 [R8 203, 576, 02] for each player and staff members.
‘The visit of Eoin Morgan and his England white-ball side is hoped to net the board around £3.5m in TV revenue. But the entire trip, beginning with 10 days’ quarantine at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town from November 17 and taking in four matches at Newlands and two at nearby Paarl, could be in jeopardy following sports minister Nathi Mthethwa’s warning to CSA to get their house in order,’ stated the Daily Mail Report.
Cricket South Africa is very keen to host England for the white-ball fixtures given the financial gain it offers, but they will still have to acquire prior approval from the Minister of Sports, Nathi Mthethwa, since the United Kingdom has been identified as one of the high-risk Covid countries by the South African government.
Will England tour of South Africa go ahead given the mess CSA finds itself in?
It wouldn’t be that hunky-dory for CSA to take approval from Mthethwa, given the fact that the sports ministers patience with the board has reached its boiling point owing to the financial mess that the cricket’s governing body finds itself in.
Mthethwa has already served notice to CSA about the government’s plan to intervene in the cricket administration affairs, which could lead to South Africa’s suspension from international cricket. Mthethwa has given CSA until 5 PM on Octoer 27 to provide representations as to why the government should not intervene.
Meanwhile, England toured South Africa last winter where they won the Test and T20I series and drew the ODI rubber.