Amid Chaos, South Africa's Sports Ministry Approves England Series

Amid Chaos, South Africa’s Sports Ministry Approves England Series

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South Africa’s Sports Ministry has approved Cricket South Africa (CSA) to go ahead as planned with the upcoming white-ball limited-overs series against England, later this month.

As per a report in ESPNCricinfo, the series against England comprising of 3 T20Is and as many ODIs will be played for the benefit of players and the cricket-loving public.

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Cricket South Africa. Photo Credit: CSA.

South African Cricket In Turmoil Since A Long Time

There has been turmoil in CSA since a long time now, especially regarding administrative issues and Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa is closer to intervening in the matters of the board.

He may use the National Sports and Recreation Act to step in at CSA (which could include even withdrawing funding and stripping them of their status as a nationally representative body in ICC) if the members’ council does not recognize the interim board, according to a report by ESPNCricinfo.
England vs South Africa
England vs South Africa Photo Credit: Getty Images.

England are due to travel to South Africa, and upon reaching the African country, the side will begin a 10-day quarantine. All matches will be played following strict protocols post covid-19 in a bio-secure environment in the Western Cape, with fixtures at both Newlands, Cape Town and Boland Park, Paarl.

South Africa Will Play Against England Since Country Went Into Lockdown

The series between the two countries is slated to start on November 27, and it will be the first series in South Africa since the country went into lockdown in March. This will also be the first series that the African team have had for more than seven months.

They last toured India in March for 3 ODIs, but the series was postponed after the first ODI was abandoned due to rain. Their last full-fledged series was against Australia at home for 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs.

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India vs South Africa (Image Credit: Twitter)

They are also due to host the cricket teams like Sri Lanka, Australia, and Pakistan in the 2020-21 season, and these fixtures may be under threat if the members’ council does not comply with the Sports Minister.

Earlier, the country’s Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) had asked for the CSA board and executive to step aside while SASCOC conducted an inquiry into CSA’s affairs.

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