The Proteas Women as well as the Men's "A" Team tour to the West Indies, originally scheduled to take place in June, has been postponed.
Dane van Niekerk's team were scheduled to take on their West Indian counterparts in five match series prior to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in July. however following South Africa’s automatic qualification (having finished third in the ICC Women’s Championship) and in response to the ICC’s announcement on Tuesday of the postponement of the Women’s Qualifier Tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CWI and CSA have agreed to postpone the tour. Additionally, CWI and CSA have also agreed that due to the uncertainty of international travel, quarantine requirements and the health and safety of both teams that the ‘A’ Team tour should also be postponed.
CSA's acting CEO, Jacques Faul said that although it was frustrating that the tours had to be postponed, player safety was paramount.
"It is a frustrating state of affairs in which cricket finds itself around the world but there are more important issues that have to be confronted and the wellbeing of our players and support staff must always come first. Both our men’s and women’s national teams are keen to get back on the playing field as soon as possible. They want to build on their recent good results with the men achieving a 3-0 victory over Australia in their recent ODI series against Australia and our Proteas Women coming so close to reaching the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final,” said Faul.
West Indies Cricket CEO Johnny Grave echoed Faul's sentiments.
"The health and safety of the players and coaching staff is of paramount importance to both CWI and CSA and with the current Covid-19 travel restrictions it is impossible for us to consider both tours taking place as we had originally planned," he said.
Grave confirmed that new dates for both tours will be discussed in the future.
"We are continuing our discussions with CSA on the feasibility of hosting the Men’s tour later this summer and will have further discussions in due course on new dates for the Women’s and ‘A’ Team tours."
- Compiled by Sport24 staff