Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia’s cricket tour of South Africa has been delayed, Cricket Australia said in a statement on Tuesday.
In March, Australian players were supposed to travel out for a three-Test series this month, but the cricket board of the touring side said it had no choice but to cancel the trip because of the South African epidemic.
“It has become clear that at this moment, travelling from Australia to South Africa poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and the community,” said Nick Hockley, CA’s interim chief executive, in a statement.
“This decision has not been taken lightly and we are extremely disappointed, particularly given the importance at this time of continuing international cricket.”
More than 1.45 million cases of coronavirus and over 44,000 deaths have been reported in South Africa. It has been fighting a more transmissible form of the virus since late last year.
Recently, Australia, where Covid’s expansion has been less acute, hosted a series against India that featured three international Twenty20, three one-dayers and four test matches.