England to tour South Africa in COVID-19 times this November


Manchester: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed their team will go to South Africa to play three T20Is and as many ODIs next month. 

According to the details, this will England’s first away tour in COVID-19 times. Whereas, South Africa will be playing the first international series since COVID-19 restrictions. The English team will travel to South Africa on November 16 and will be tested upon arrival and also attend the quarantine period.

The three T20Is start on Friday 27 November at Newlands, Cape Town. The second match of the series will be played at Boland Park, Paarl on Sunday 29 November. Newlands will host the third match on Tuesday 1 December.

The three-match ODI series, which are part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, starts at Newlands on Friday 4 December. The second match will be played at Boland Park on Sunday 6 December, and the final game of the tour will take place on Wednesday 9 December at Newlands.

Besides, they will play three intra-squad practice matches – two T20s and one 50-over game – before the series starts.

Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are looking forward to touring South Africa. I would like to personally thank Cricket South Africa for their efforts in ensuring this tour goes ahead and their diligent work to create an environment that is safe for our players and staff. They are working tirelessly to pull together a bio-secure plan in Cape Town and Paarl.”

The National Selectors will confirm the England touring party early next month.

It must be noted here that West Indies and Pakistan were the first two teams to travel to England in Summer this year in COVID-19 teams. Both the series built confidence in the cricket circuit and thereon other cricket boards planned to resume activities amid tight situation due to widely-spread virus.