When the whole world is battling the COVID-19 Pandemic all the major sporting events across the globe have been called off, adding to the list is South Africa tour of Sri Lanka which was scheduled to be held in June has been postponed due to COVID-19. South Africa was scheduled to play three One day International matches and three 20-20 Internationals in Sri Lanka.
South Africa’s scheduled tour of Sri Lanka in June has been postponed, the controlling bodies of cricket of both the countries announced on Monday. The visitors were scheduled to play three One day Internationals and three 20-20 Internationals. “CSA and Sri Lanka Cricket today together jointly announced the postponement of the Proteas tour to Sri Lanka that was scheduled to be played in the first half of the month of June and consist of three ODIs and three T20 International matches,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) official handle tweeted on Monday.
CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul cited growing health concerns and the fact that the South African Players would have been unable to prepare properly because of the country’s coronavirus lockdown are the main reasons for the postponement of the South Africa tour to Sri Lanka.
“It is very sad to take that we have been forced to take this step and we will surely re-schedule the tour as soon as cricket returns to a sense of normality and our International fixture list allows”, said Faul. “It would have been an important tour for us as the three ODIs for the new ICC one day league and the T20 programme being part of our preparation for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup which is scheduled to commence in the month of October in Australia”.
Faul added that it was “very frustrating and disappointing for the players who wanted to build on the good form which they showed at the back of our home summer tour against Australia”. South Africa finished an outstanding season with a 3-0 one day series win against Australia.