South Africa and West Indies officials expect South Africa to tour the Windies this year. On this tour, the visiting team South Africa have to play the Test and T20 series. Let me tell you, earlier the tour of West Indies of South Africa women and men A teams has been canceled due to Corona virus epidemic. The women’s team was scheduled to play five ODIs in Jamaica and Trinidad on this tour. At the same time, the Men’s A team was to visit Antiga in June.
In a statement issued by Cricket South Africa on Wednesday, Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Johnny Grave was quoted as saying, “Discussions are continuing with Cricket South Africa (CSA) on the West Indies tour of South Africa starting July 15”.
South Africa played their last match against Australia at Pochefstroom on 7 March. This one-day match was won by hosts South Africa by 6 wickets. With this match, South Africa had eliminated Australia 3–0 in the ODI series. After this, the South African team reached India to play 3 ODIs.
The first match for the tour on this tour was to be played at Dharamshala on 15 March but it was canceled due to rain. After this, when the South African team reached Lucknow to play the second match, due to the threat of Corona virus, the entire series was canceled and the visiting team had to return home immediately. After returning home, the entire South African team and staff also had to spend 14 days in the quarantine at home due to the threat of Corona.
On the other hand, the West Indies team played their last match on 6 March on Sri Lankan soil. This was the second match of the T20 series in which the Windies team had a big win by 7 wickets. With this match, the West Indies won the series 2–0. However, before this, the visiting Windies team suffered a 3–0 defeat in the 3-match ODI series.
Significantly, due to Corona virus, the tour of West Indies to England has also been postponed. The Test series between England and West Indies in June was postponed last month after mutual agreement. The 3-match Test series was to start at Kennington Oval from June 4 but was postponed due to the growing threat from Corona. Let me tell you, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already banned professional cricket till 1 July.
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