Australia cancells South Africa Cricket Tour over COVID-19

Australia cancells South Africa Cricket Tour over COVID-19
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Australia cited the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus and cancelled their Test cricket tour to South Africa on February 2, 2021.

The Australian cricket team planned to play three test matches against the Proteas and the Australian selectors finalized players for the tournament.

But the team cancelled its plan after a new variant accelerated the outbreak of the CIVID-19 in South Africa. The new variant is more transmissible than others.

Nick Hockley, the interim chief of Cricket Australia, advised cricket not to travel to South Africa.

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“It has become clear that travelling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and the community,” he said.

“This decision has not been made lightly and we are extremely disappointed, especially given the importance of continuing international cricket at this time,” he added.

“However, we have been consistent since the start of the pandemic that the health and safety of our people is always our number one priority and unfortunately despite best efforts to agree a biosecurity plan, the risks are simply too great at this time,” he said.

The decision ends Australia’s hopes of playing in the World Test Championship final, Tim Paine said.

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