The cricket South Africa(CSA) confirms the England tour of South Africa to play four-match limited-overs. The series has been scheduled to start in late November, with all matches to be played behind doors in Cape Town and nearby Paarl.
England Tour of South Africa finalised
CSA has received government approval for the tour. Which will consist of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is between November 27 and December 9, 2020.
CSA acting chief executive Kugandrie Govender said the governing body had drawn on the experience of England, who recently hosted Ireland, the West Indies, Pakistan, and Australia in bio-bubble environments, to develop their own plans.
“The fact that England are the current (ODI) World Cup champions will add tremendously to the two series and will give our own players every motivation to perform at their very best to challenge the reigning champions.”
Chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison, confirmed the development, saying England players would fly to Cape Town on a chartered flight and praised the plans of CSA for the bio-bubble.
“I would like to personally thank Cricket South Africa for their efforts in ensuring this tour goes ahead and their diligent work to create an environment that is safe for our players and staff,” he said.
“They are working tirelessly to pull together a bio-secure plan in Cape Town and Paarl.
“We owe it to the sport that we do everything we can to keep international competition progressing during this pandemic.”
England players will face 10 days quarantine
England players will face a 10-day quarantine after reaching South Africa prior to the match. Which is much needed to reduce the chances of being infected.
Part of the England and South African players are currently in UAE to play the Indian Premier League. The 13th edition of the cash-rich tournament has moved to UAE amid COVID-19 fear. The IPL matches are played behind closed doors without the audience.
Players will move to their respective homes after the IPL 2020 finals scheduled on November 10.