Irked by Australia’s decision to pull out of their tour to South Africa, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) has written to the International Cricket Council calling Australia’s decision to postpone the tour “against the spirit of sportsmanship”. According to Cricinfo, CSA has not lodged a formal complaint against Cricket Australia but they’ve requested the ICC to consider the financial losses lesser stable boards incur when a tour doesn’t go ahead as planned.
Australia were scheduled to play a three Test series in South Africa but they pulled out of the tour citing coronavirus concerns. The Australian board said that travelling to South Africa would have an ‘unacceptable’ level of health concern for the players. It must be noted that South successfully hosted Sri Lanka for a two Test series earlier this year.
With Australia – South Africa series getting postponed, the ICC declared New Zealand as the first team to qualify for the World Test Championship final. The second finalist of the championship will be decided at the end of the ongoing 4 Test series between India and England. India needs a 2-0, 2-1, 3-1, or 4-0 win to qualify for the finals while England need to win the series 3-0 or 4-0 to qualify. If the series ends in a draw or England beat India by 1-0, 2-0 or 3-1, Australia will go through.