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Graeme Smith 'Extremely Disappointed' At Australia Scrapping South Africa Tour

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By AFP News
February 02, 2021 • 20:46 PM View: 274


In addition to Smith's comments, CSA issued a statement in which it said every effort had been made to meet Australia's "changing demands", pointing out that a Test series against Sri Lanka and a current tour by the Pakistan women's team had been conducted without any problems.

It had originally been planned that both the South African and Australian teams would stay in a bio-secure environment at a country club situated between the Test venues in Johannesburg and Centurion, as was the case when Sri Lanka toured in December and January.

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But CSA medical officer Shuaib Manjra said it had been arranged that Australia would have exclusive use of the country club, with the South Africans staying in a separate facility.

CSA had also agreed that the country's Test squad would enter a bio-secure facility 14 days before the Australians arrived. 

To make this possible, the Test players currently in Pakistan are returning to South Africa immediately after the end of the second Test next Monday. What is largely a second-string team will play a Twenty20 series in Pakistan.

"CSA had also committed to importing an Australian tracking system at great cost to ensure proper tracking of close contacts in the event of a positive test," said Dr. Manjra. 

"The touring team was also going to be granted VIP access through the airports, after government intervention to ensure this privilege.  

"These are just some of the protocols that CSA was to put in place. We had really gone the extra mile to make sure that the tour would proceed.



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