South Africa suspend tour of Sri Lanka due to coronavirus outbreak

Due to global coronavirus pandemic, Cricket South Africa have decided to suspend their tour of Sri Lanka. Cricket Boards for both the countries came to an agreement after the tour was originally scheduled to be played in July this year.

South Africa cricket has gone through a rough phase since their horrible World Cup campaign in 2019. Captain Faf Du Plessis tried everything to turn things around but South Africa lost their home Test series to England. South Africa also suffered defeat against England and Australia in the back-to-back T20I series played at home.

South Africa was scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in the month of July to play three ODIs and three T20Is.  The tour would have been South Africa’s first assignment since playing Australia in February at home. Cricket South Africa, Interim Chief Executive, Dr Jacques Faul, said that, “ It was certainly a tough decision to make due to growing coronavirus cases around the world. Both the boards will be looking to re-schedule the series as soon as situation all over the world gets normal”

Interim Chief Executive said, “The current players have not been able to do play any form of cricket and do training due to complete lockdown across South Africa. The health and safety of the players is our biggest priority at the moment. The tour of Sri Lanka was an important one as it would have helped the players make adequate preparations for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

Due to global coronavirus pandemic, sports events across the world have come to a halt. A lot of bilateral series, Indian Premier League, Australia tour to Bangladesh, South Africa tour to India have been postponed due to growing health crises all over the world. Inaugural Hundred competition in England has postponed and will be played next summer.

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