Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today jointly announced the postponement of the South Africa tour of Sri Lanka scheduled in June due to coronavirus pandemic. South Africa was scheduled to play three One day International and three T20 international matches.
Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Dr Jacques Faul said, “It is very sad that we have been forced to take this step and we will re-schedule the tour as soon as cricket returns to a sense of normality and our international fixture list allows.”
An early decision was taken mainly due to lack of practice and training as the country is under lockdown.
“Our Proteas would not have been able to prepare properly taking our own lockdown situation into account and, more importantly, health considerations for our players, which are always paramount, were the over-riding factor,” he added.
“It would have been a particularly important tour for us with the three ODIs counting for the new ICC one-day league and the T20 programme being part of our preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for Australia later this year. It is very frustrating for the players who want to build on the good form they showed at the backend of our home summer against Australia,” Dr Faul concluded.