South Africa’s planned tour of Sri Lanka in June has been postponed. © AFP
South Africa’s planned tour of Sri Lanka in June has been postponed, the controlling bodies of the two countries announced on Monday. The visitors were due to play three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals. The one-day games would have been South Africa’s first fixtures in the International Cricket Council’s new one-day league. “CSA and Sri Lanka Cricket today jointly announced the postponement of the Proteas tour to Sri Lanka that was scheduled to be played in the first half of June and consist of three ODIs and three T20 International matches,” Cricket South Africa official handle tweeted on Monday.
CSA and Sri Lanka Cricket today jointly announced the postponement of the Proteas tour to Sri Lanka that was scheduled to be played in the first half of June and consist of three ODIs and three T20 International matches. #BreakingNews #Thread pic.twitter.com/RQOzsz4epM— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) April 20, 2020
Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Jacques Faul cited health concerns and the fact that the South African players would have been unable to prepare properly because of the country’s coronavirus lockdown as the main reasons for the postponement.
“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,” said Faul.
“It 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.”
Faul said it was “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”.
South Africa finished an otherwise undistinguished season with a 3-0 one-day series win against Australia.