Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen questioned Cricket Australia’s (CA) decision of postponing their Test tour of South Africa and requested if the Australian board would have executed the identical on an India tour. The previous England captain additionally questioned England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) resolution to pull out midway through a tour to South Africa final yr as a result of COVID-19 issues however going forward with a Take a look at tour to Sri Lanka regardless of a participant from the England squad testing optimistic for the virus whereas on tour.
No approach @CricketAus would haven’t performed India in a Take a look at tour.
It is a actually darkish time on this planet of cricket with CA cancelling their tour of @OfficialCSA. @englandcricket additionally pulled out of SA as a result of Covid points, however gamers check optimistic in SL and tour goes on?!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) February 3, 2021
CA had on Tuesday determined to postpone their tour to South Africa citing an “unacceptable” threat to participant security within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It has turn into clear that travelling from Australia to South Africa at this present time poses an unacceptable stage of well being and security threat to our gamers, assist employees and the group,” mentioned CA interim CEO Nick Hockley mentioned Tuesday in an official assertion.
“This resolution has not been made flippantly and we’re extraordinarily disillusioned, particularly given the significance of continuous worldwide cricket at the moment.
“Nonetheless, we’ve been constant because the begin of the pandemic that the well being and security of our individuals is all the time our primary precedence and sadly regardless of finest efforts to agree a biosecurity plan, the dangers are just too nice at the moment.”
Late final yr, England had pulled out of a limited-overs tour of South Africa after a spate of COVID-19 circumstances within the South African contingent.
Nonetheless, the Take a look at tour to Sri Lanka, which was itself postponed earlier in 2020 when the pandemic struck, went on regardless of Moeen Ali testing optimistic for the virus.
Moeen did not play both of the 2 Checks at the same time as England gained the sequence 2-0.
England are in India on an all-formats tour that can start with the primary of 4 Checks in Chennai on February 5.
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