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South Africa, on Monday, confirmed that their white ball tour of Sri Lanka that was to be contested in June has been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both the nations were due to lock horns in 3 ODIs and as many T20Is, with the 50-over matches South Africa’s first in the International Cricket Council’s new ODI league.
The pandemic has been haunting cricket activities all around the world. As of now, every international and major domestic event stands suspended due to the crisis. If not for the pandemic, the 5th edition of the Pakistan Super League would have been completed and the IPL would have been going on at the moment. If not for the crisis, the T20 World Cup 2020 wouldn’t have been in serious jeopardy. All Cricket lovers on this planet must be desperate for the virus to leave their lives and let cricket come back asap.
Last month, South Africa’s ODI series in India was cancelled. After the first ODI got washed out, the BCCI and Cricket South Africa decided to reschedule the series as the coronavirus scares continued to rise. Australia and New Zealand also cancelled 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.