Cricket South Africa (CSA) has written to the International Cricket Council seeking redress following Australia’s withdrawal from a three-Test tour over Covid-19 concerns. Cricket Australia (CA) said the team would not travel on the advice of medical experts, despite South Africa’s government lifting a number of COVID-19 restrictions and a sharp decrease in the number of cases in the country in recent weeks.
“There’s got to be some understanding of how we manage the impact to less-wealthy nations,” Stavros Nicolaou, the chairman of CSA’s interim board said. “Unilateral decisions of this nature are punitive to less-wealthy cricket-playing nations and there has to be some discussion around redress.”.
CA interim chief executive Nick Hockley said the “weight of medical advice and our duty of care to players and staff meant we were really left with no alternative”.