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England tour of South Africa still on

  • Published at 06:41 pm October 24th, 2020
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Eoin Morgan and Faf du Plessis

England will pay for their own chartered flight to South Africa, travelling out on November 16

England's limited overs tour of South Africa will go ahead despite the administrative chaos engulfing South African cricket.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said Wednesday that three Twenty20 internationals and as many one-day internationals will take place behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl starting in November.

Both the ECB and Cricket South Africa have agreed to bio-security and travel plans for what will be the first international tour by an England cricket team since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The future of the tour was in question when South Africa's sports minister threatened to intervene directly in the affairs of CSA following concerns over a lack of unrestricted access to a forensic report which led to the dismissal of chief executive Thabang Moroe in August.

South African cricket has been in disarray since Moroe was suspended last December after alienating the country's players' association and revoking the accreditation of critical journalists, which in turn led to major sponsors withdrawing their support amid calls for the board to resign.

But those issues have not scuppered the tour, with the South African government granting exemptions for inbound travel for the England players and management earlier this week.

It means England players will be heading back into a bubble despite World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan predicting this week that players could withdraw from bio-secure tours given the mental health challenges involved.

England will pay for their own chartered flight to South Africa, travelling out on November 16.

The ECB pioneered bio-secure cricket during their recently concluded home season that featured England men's series against the West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia.

The T20I series starts at Newlands, Cape Town on November 27, with the three-match ODI series starting at the same venue on December 4.

England Itinerary:

Nov 27: 1ST T20I, Cape Town

Nov 29: 2ND T20I, Paarl

Dec 1: 3RD T20I, Cape Town

Dec 4: 1ST ODI, Cape Town

Dec 6: 2nd ODI, Paarl

Dec 9: 3RD ODI, Cape Town

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