The first ODI of the three-match series between South Africa and England was to be played on Friday. However, it has now been postponed to Sunday (6 December) after a South African player tested positive for COVID-19. The results of the final round of the scheduled test surpassed the ODI and the game was called off an hour before the toss.
This is the first example since international cricket started earlier this year in July, with a Test series between England and the West Indies. Bio-safe bubbles were created and even the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Indian Premier League (IPL) were not favored. However, Jofra Archer One of the Tests was dropped during the series against the West Indies for violation of the COVID protocol.
CSA issued a statement
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has released an official statement regarding the same and said that now the first ODI will be played on Sunday. The England players had reached the stadium ahead of the series opener, but had to return to their hotel rooms after the decision was made.
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) and England Cricket Board (ECB) want to announce the postponement of Betway One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday, 06 December 2020 in advance of the three-match series. The result of this decision tested positive for the Proteas team player COVID-19 The teams performed before the one-day matches on Thursday after the last Test.
“In the interests of the safety and wellbeing of both teams, match officials and all those involved in the match, the acting CEO of CSA, Kugandi Govinder and the CEO of the ECB, Tom Harrison, have agreed to postpone the first. Stability on Sunday,” the statement Read.
The second ODI was to be played on Sunday. But it has now been rescheduled to Monday (7 December) while the final game of the tour will be on Wednesday (9 December).