The ongoing coronavirus epidemic has claimed more than lakhs of lives globally. The deadly pandemic has even sabotaged the international calendar of several sporting events all across the world. The cash-rich Indian Premier League has suspended, and football leagues like English Premier League (EPL), Serie A, MLS, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League have all been suspended amid coronavirus fears.
The biggest sporting events faced a major shift in their schedule and terms of viewers too. In recent news, South Africa’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka that was originally supposed to take place in June has been postponed owing to coronavirus epidemic, the officials said on Monday. The teams were due to play 3 ODIs and three Twenty20 games, with the 50-over matches South Africa’s first in the ICC’s new ODI league.
We will reschedule the tour as soon as cricket returns: Jacques Faul
Cricket South Africa, acting chief executive Jacques Faul, said that the board of directors and officials were forced to take this decision while also adding that they will re-schedule the tour as soon as the game returns.
“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. 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,” Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Jacques Faul said in a statement.
South Africa’s next assignment is their tour to West Indies where they are scheduled to play 2 Tests and 5 T20Is matches in late July and August.