South Africa postpones Netherlands tour after COVID-19-enforced travel curbs

The cricket boards said it was "highly unlikely" the visiting team would be able to fly out of the country over the weekend.

The decision came as a result of "mounting anxiety and concern" from the Dutch side with travel bans and restrictions on flights from South Africa being imposed by the UK, USA and the EU. (Representative Image)   -  AP

The one-day international series between South Africa and the Netherlands has been postponed after the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa led to travel curbs being enforced, the two cricket boards said on Saturday.

Rain forced Friday's first ODI at Centurion to be abandoned. The boards had said it was "highly unlikely" the visiting team would be able to fly out of the country over the weekend.

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The decision came as a result of "mounting anxiety and concern" from the Dutch side with travel bans and restrictions on flights from South Africa being imposed by the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

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"It must be made clear that the concerns are strictly over travel issues and how soon the team can get home and have nothing to do with the integrity of the Bio-Secure Environment that CSA has successfully hosted," KNCB chairman Jurgen Delfos said.

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