SA vs ENG: 2nd ODI postponed as CSA, ECB await status on 'unconfirmed' COVID-19 cases

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Dec 7, 5:40 AM

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The second One Day International between South Africa and England has been postponed as both the cricket boards, Cricket South Africa and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are seeking the details of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed COVID-19 positive cases in the tourists camp. 

However, the second ODI has not been abandoned yet by CSA as they are still considering the option of hosting the remaining two matches on December 8 and 9 with the England side scheduled to leave the country on December 10.

The latest postponement marks the third delay in four days as the boards grapple with the crisis of novel coronavirus in what was believed to be a biosecure bubble. Earlier, a report of one of the squad member of the South African squad testing positive for the novel coronavirus infection emerge that led to the postponement of the first ODI which was ultimately abandoned as the hotel staff where the teams were under bubble tested positive followed by the development of coronavirus cases in the England camp.

The crisis comes at a worse time for CSA which was already struggling with the administrative chaos before the English side had arrived due to tussle with the South African federal government.

Many former England players have weighed in on the outlook of the series that has been marred by crisis one after another. Former England captains Micahel Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook have given up on the hopes of the resumption of the ODI series.


Michael Vaughan has said that in his views England touring party will not be feeling safe and comfortable about the facilities being provided in South Africa.

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