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South Africa's Tour of Sri Lanka Postponed

South Africa's Tour of Sri Lanka Postponed Photo: TT
Sri Lanka's captain Lasith Malinga (R) celebrates with his teammates after dismissing West Indies' Andre Russell during the first Twenty20 international cricket match of a two-match series between Sri Lanka and West Indies at Pallekele

Sri Lanka’s white ball home series against South Africa to be played in June has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

South Africa were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in June to play three One Day International (ODI) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.

The ODIs would have formed part of the inaugural 2020-22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, but will need to be rescheduled creating a further cricket fixture squeeze.

The decision follows the postponement of England’s tour of Sri Lanka in March, Bangladesh’s tour of England and Ireland originally slated for May, along with Australia’s tour of Bangladesh for June.

Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed it was a joint decision between the two federations in a statement and hoped to re-schedule the series.

“The tour will be rescheduled, once normality returns and also when the International Cricket Calendars of both nations opens up for a rescheduling,” the statement said.

The ICC has not commented on the situation or shed any light on how the series may be re-scheduled or accommodated given the new ICC Cricket World Cup Super League will be impacted.

Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Jacques Faul said the health of the players was the key factor.

“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,” Faul said in a statement.

“This would have been a particularly important tour for us with the three ODIs counting for the new ICC one-day league and the T20 programme being part of our preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for Australia later this year.

“It is very frustrating for the players who want to build on the good form they showed at the back-end of our home summer against Australia.”

ICC will hold a video meeting on Thursday where it is anticipated it will make decisions and offer comment on the situation.

Ben somerford
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