The Netherlands toured South Africa for a three-game ODI series as part of the ICC’s World Cup Super League.
The cancellation of the ODI series South Africa against the Netherlands due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus variant Omicron is the third major international event to be affected by a new wave of the pandemic.
On Saturday, Cricket South Africa (CSA ) and Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) mutually agree to postpone the three-game series One-Day International (ODI), which starts on Friday. The first game at Centurion was washed out.
On Saturday before, the ICC had canceled qualifying for the 2021 Cricket World Cup in Harare due to the introduction of travel restrictions from a number of African countries, including the host country Zimbabwe. South Africa is now on the red list of countries that ban flights and travelers from Protealand.
On Friday, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) put the Junior Women’s World Cup on hold. India should fly to Johannesburg on Saturday.
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The Indian A-cricket team is also in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It is planned to play a series of four-day games against the South African A-Team. So far, the BCCI has not yet made a decision whether the team will return.
It is worth remembering that in September India pulled out of the fifth and final friendly against England at Old Trafford, Manchester, due to COVID fears . Some members of the Indian support staff got infected with the virus and players wanted to be safe before the UAE 2021 IPL section.
The decision to postpone the South Africa vs. Netherlands ODI series is the result of growing concerns and Dutch team concerns about travel bans and restrictions on flights from South Africa.
Several countries around the world including the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (US) are banning Flights from South Africa. These measures are the result of the announcement of a new variant of the COVID-19 (Omicron) virus that was discovered in the country by the National Ministry of Health of South Africa on Thursday.
Pholetsi Moseki, Deputy CEO of Cricket South Africa, said: “We are disappointed in the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in, but the comfort of all visiting teams must always come first. The psychological wellbeing of the players is a top priority for CSA and we respect the position and point of view of our visitors. “
CSA and KNCB will have discussions about a possible rescheduling of the tour within this cycle of the ICC Future Tours program , which ends in 2023, said Moseki.
The chairman of the KNCB Jürgen Delfos said: “We are sad about these circumstances, but Cricket South Africa is grateful for his support and his understanding for the position of our team.
“It needs to be made clear that these are all travel issues and how quickly the team can get home and has nothing to do with the integrity of the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE) that CSA has successfully hosted. Our team was delighted “with every aspect of organizing the tour and were treated well by our hosts.
The Dutch team will stay at the BSE hotel until the return flights are completed, according to a CSA statement.
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