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Australia looking to reschedule South Africa tour “as soon as possible”




Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said Australia will seek to schedule a delayed tour at South Africa as soon as possible, but only if the health situation and the cricket calendar allow it.

Australia they were to play a test series of three matches in South Africa in March-April. Visitors even announced their team of 19 people for the tour. However, the series was postponed due to the pandemic situation in Rainbow Nation.

Cricket Australia interim executive Nick Hockley said both cricket boards are in the midst of “constructive discussions” over the possibility of a future tour.

“We would like to move it as soon as possible, provided it is safe and if time is available in the calendar; it is not an easy task now. Through pandemic and quarantine there is a lot of cricket that has been moved. But we are right in the middle of constructive discussions and we hope that these discussions will be resolved soon, ”Hockley said Nine Networknewspaper owned.

The series’s postponement move has apparently angered financially affected Cricket South Africa (CSA) as it has suffered significant costs to meet the security requirements for the series. The CSA even sent a request for financial compensation to the ICC.

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South Africa’s cricket director Graeme Smith called on the ICC to ensure that smaller states participate fairly in actions against the so-called “big three” in India, Australia and England. Smith also warned that T20 leagues will increase if smaller states fail to play enough international cricket.

“The game currently needs a leadership that understands the complexity. I don’t think world cricket wants just three nations to compete against each other in 10 years. How does that benefit the game? It would amplify [Twenty20] leagues, and they will get bigger and bigger, and probably the rest of the member states will have little or no [international] content, ”Smith said last month.

The move to postpone a tour of South Africa also hurt Australia because they didn’t have a chance to get there ICC World Testing Championship final. They had to depend on the result of the India-England series. With the 3-1 victory of the team of Virat Kohli, the Australians dropped out of the race while India established a conflict at the top with New Zealand.

Posted March 16, 2021, 11:40 AM IST