The first one day international between South Africa and England didn’t go ahead on December 6 due to two positive cases of coronavirus found in the English camp. The ODI game was initially supposed to take place on December 4, but a positive case in the South African camp lead to the rescheduling of the game.
There are concerns over the possibility of the series going ahead between these two teams after the second one day international was also postponed. Initially, the second ODI was set to take place on December 7. The English cricket team is set to fly back on December 10, so it is looking hugely unlikely that the series will go ahead.
Both cricket boards are yet to make a final announcement regarding the situation. As of now, both teams are in their respective bio bubbles. It is a big blow for Cricket South Africa as questions are likely to be raised about the failure to successfully host the series. It remains to be seen whether both camps made some mistakes while following the guidelines of the bio-secure bubble.
In the pandemic era, such situations are likely to rise unless a concrete vaccine comes into the picture. It is a testament to the organizing committees of T-20 leagues across the globe to stage big tournaments in the last few months without postponing games. England also managed to play series against three teams earlier this year while playing in a strict bio-secure bubble.
Before the ODI series, South Africa and England did successfully played the three-match T-20 series. England was too good for the inexperienced South African side as they managed to win all three games in a convincing manner.