The cancellation of Australia’s tour of South Africa has somewhat soured the relationship between Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA). CSA has gone ahead and written to International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene and resolve the situation.
The South African cricket board expressed their disappointment after CA released a statement last week to confirm that the three-match test series in South Africa will not go ahead due to health concerns. The cancellation of the tour also had implications on the World Test Championship as New Zealand was confirmed as one of the finalists, while Australia will rely on the outcome of the series between England and India for a place in the final.
As per ESPNcricinfo, CSA insisted that the decision from CA is against the spirit of sportsmanship as it will affect the World Test Championship. CSA also reportedly insisted that the financial implications are also sizeable due to the cancellation of this tour by Australia.
CSA does have a valid point about the financial losses due to the cancellation of this bilateral test series. Lack of Broadcast revenue from this series will be a big loss for CSA in the current climate. The health of players should be the priority, but it is not a tough question to ask if CA had taken a similar decision if it was a tour of India or England. Considering the less wealthy cricket boards also need financial boosts by playing international cricket, CSA is well within their rights to be disappointed by the decision taken by CA.
South Africa was under the spotlight when the home ODI series against England was cancelled at the end of 2020 after positive coronavirus cases were found in both camps. CSA has been in all sorts of administrative problems in the last 12-18 months, so the cancellation of the series against Australia was the last thing they needed at the moment.