Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have decided to postpone the Women’s One Day International (ODI) Series, scheduled to begin at the end of the month in Jamaica and Trinidad.
Men’s A tours scheduled to commence in Antigua in June between West Indies and South Africa has also been postponed.
The five-match Women’s series was scheduled before the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in July. However, ICC’s announcement on Tuesday of the postponement of the Women’s Qualifier Tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the announcement Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave said, “The health and safety of the players and coaching staff is of paramount importance to both CWI and CSA and with the current COVID-19 travel restrictions we can’t consider both tours taking place as we had originally planned.”
“We are continuing our discussions with CSA on the feasibility of hosting the men’s tour later this summer and will have further discussions in due course on new dates for the women’s and ‘A’ team tours,” he added.
While Cricket South Africa acting CEO Dr. Jacques Faul said, “It is a frustrating state of affairs in which cricket finds itself around the world but there are more important issues that have to be confronted and the well-being of our players and support staff must always come first.”
“Both our men’s and women’s national teams are keen to get back on the playing field as soon as possible. They want to build on their recent good results with the men achieving a 3-0 victory over Australia in their recent Momentum ODI series against Australia and our Momentum Proteas women coming so close to reaching the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final,” he added.