CSA approaches ICC, lodges complaint against CA for tour postponement

back icon
safari
18 Feb 2021 | 06:08 AM
authorPTI

CSA approaches ICC, lodges complaint against CA for tour postponement

Australia decided against touring South Africa as that country is currently battling a second wave of COVID-19 and a new variant of the virus

heart

Share

An irked Cricket South Africa has finally lodged an official complaint with the ICC after Cricket Australia indefinitely postponed its national team's three-Test tour of that nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia had earlier this month postponed their tour of South Africa next month, citing "unacceptable health and safety risk" in that country because of a fresh COVID-19 outbreak, a decision that virtually knocked them out of contention from the World Test Championship final later this year.

CSA had slammed its Australian counterpart for postponing the tour, saying it is "extremely" disappointing and will lead to "serious financial loss". It has now approached the ICC's dispute-resolution council on this matter.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki has shot off a letter to the ICC, asking it "to look into whether CA's cancellation amounts to acceptable or unacceptable non-compliance as per the WTC terms, bearing in mind that the series cannot be rescheduled before the end of the WTC window, which is April 30, 2021."

CSA also wants the game's governing body to check the health situation in South Africa to decide if Australia violated the FTP terms by postponing the tour.

As per ICC's FTP terms and conditions, member nations have an obligation to fulfil their commitments barring special circumstances, including government instruction.

Citing a clause from WTC terms, Moseki wrote that it is for the independent experts from South Africa to decide the severity of health risks that forced Australia to postpone their tour.

"It would seem inappropriate to appoint a health and safety consultant outside of South Africa given that such an expert consultant would be unlikely to properly and accurately comprehend the Covid-19 related risks within South Africa and how they may be adequately managed," Moseki wrote.

"Given the nature of the pandemic, it will inevitably require location-specific advice."

Australia decided against touring South Africa as that country is currently battling a second wave of COVID-19 and a new variant of the virus.

It is not the first time that a cricket playing nation has cancelled a tour. In 2007 Australia decided against touring Zimbabwe on the advice of their government on political grounds and then in 2008 India didn't tour Pakistan due to tension between the two nations.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
South AfricaAustralia

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
De Kock will be released from 'burden' of Test captaincy after Pakistan series: Boucher
Following the completion of the Pakistan series, South Africa doesn't have any Test cricket coming up in the next nine months
userPTI
03 Feb 2021
safari
NEWS
We did everything possible, also offered to host South Africa: CA chief executive Hockley
Cricket South Africa expressed its "extreme disappointment" over the postponement, forcing Hockley to come out in CA's defence
userPTI
03 Feb 2021
safari
NEWS
Australia's Test tour of South Africa postponed over coronavirus
The Aussies were due to play three Tests in South Africa. The tour was originally scheduled for February and March
userAFP
02 Feb 2021
safari
YEAR-ENDER FEATURE
South Africa cricket crisis: A timeline
A look back at the tumultuous year South Africa have had both on and off the field
userPramod Ananth
31 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Sri Lanka considering withdrawing from SA tour due to concerns over COVID-19 protocols: Report
The Lankans are scheduled to play two Tests beginning later this month
userPTI
09 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
SA-England ODIs cancelled after Covid-19 outbreak
England will return home without having played any of three scheduled one-day internationals
userAFP
07 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
CSA announces home season schedule, explores visiting Pakistan
The home season will start with South Africa playing England in three matches in each of the white-ball formats from November 27 to December 9
userPTI
27 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
Pakistan to tour South Africa for limited-overs series in April 2021
Pakistan will play three ODIs and as many T20Is during the tour
userPTI
27 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
ICC CEC Meeting: FTP set for complete overhaul after COVID-19 effect
But the T20 World Cup is on course even though Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said that his board is ready for any eventuality
userPTI
23 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
Klaasen called up in Proteas Test squad for India tour
Klaasen to replace injured wicket-keeper Rudi Second
userPTI
18 Aug 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved