South Africa, on Monday, confirmed that their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka that was scheduled to take place in June has been postponed due the coronavirus pandemic. Both the teams were due to play three ODIs and three T20Is games, with the 50-over matches South Africa’s first in the International Cricket Council’s new ODI league.
The pandemic has affected cricket fixtures all over the world. As things stand, every international and major domestic events is suspended due to the pandemic. If not for the pandemic, the IPL would have been going on at the moment. The thirteenth edition of the league was set to get underway on March 29.
Last month, South Africa’s ODI series in India was called off too. After the first ODI was washed out, the BCCI and Cricket South Africa decided to reschedule the series. Australia and New Zealand also called off the ODI and T20I series between them while England returned from Sri Lanka without playing the Test series.
“It is very sad that we have been forced to take this step and we will re-schedule the tour as soon as cricket returns to a sense of normality and our international fixture list allows,” Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Jacques Faul said in a statement.
“Our Proteas would not have been able to prepare properly taking our own lockdown situation into account and, more importantly, health considerations for our players, which are always paramount, were the over-riding factor,” he added.
South Africa’s next scheduled tour is to the West Indies for two tests and five Twenty20 matches in late July and August, the latter forming part of the country’s build-up to the 20-over World Cup in Australia starting in October.