Cricket South Africa postpones provincial fixtures due to COVID-19

Cricket South Africa has postponed the final round of Division Two matches of the country’s four-day provincial competition after a number of COVID-19 cases, with the move coming just two weeks before the start of a three-day series. tests with India.

The provincial teams involved did not remain in bio-secure environments before the three games which were due to start on Thursday.

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The sport in South Africa started shutting down last week after the emergence of the Omicron – the new variant of the coronavirus, with travel bans and restrictions on flights leaving rugby teams and golfers to scramble for leave the country.

“Over the past two days, some positive COVID-19 test results have emerged from the pre-arrival testing sessions of the teams,” CSA said in a statement.

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“Activating the precautionary and preventive measures stipulated in the organization’s COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone involved is a top priority for CSA.”

None of the teams have players who are expected to be selected for the Test series against India, which is due to start in Johannesburg on December 17, but will raise alarm bells as COVID-19 cases continue to rise sharply in the country. .

India is expected to board the charter flight to South Africa shortly after the end of the second test against New Zealand on December 7, although reports in the country have indicated that the Cricket Control Board in India would decide whether or not to postpone the tour until Sunday.

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