Cricket Australia’s decision to postpone tour of South Africa, questioned by Kevin Pietersen

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Former English skipper Kevin Pietersen questioned Cricket Australia’s (CA) decision to postpone their test tour of South Africa and asked if the Australian board would have done the same on a tour of India. The former England captain also questioned the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decision to end a tour to South Africa midway through last year over concerns over COVID-19, but to continue with a test tour to Sri Lanka despite a player of the England team. test positive for the virus while on tour.

CA had decided on Tuesday to delay their trip to South Africa citing an “unacceptable” risk to player safety in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It has become clear that travel from Australia to South Africa currently poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risks to our players, support staff and the community,” CA interim CEO Nick Hockley said in an official statement on Tuesday. .

“This decision has not been taken lightly and we are extremely disappointed, especially given the importance of ongoing international cricket at the moment.

“However, we have been consistent since the start of the pandemic that the health and safety of our people is always our number one priority and unfortunately the risks at this point, despite all efforts to agree on a biosecurity plan, are simply too great. ”

At the end of last year, England had withdrawn from a limited overs tour of South Africa after a spate of COVID-19 cases in the South African contingent.

However, the test trip to Sri Lanka, which itself was postponed earlier in 2020 when the pandemic struck, went ahead despite Moeen Ali testing positive for the virus.

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Moeen did not play either of the two tests, even as England won the series 2-0.

England is in India on a tour of all formats starting February 5 with the first of four tests in Chennai.

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