'Heartbreaking': Australia Defends Decision To Scrap South Africa Tour
Cricket Australia denied Wednesday it was only interested in lucrative series against India and England after scrapping next month's Test tour to South Africa over coronavirus fears.
The withdrawal drew a sharp response from Cricket South Africa, which expressed frustration at the "eleventh-hour" decision despite extensive work to establish bio-secure bubbles for the tourists.
CA interim chief executive Nick Hockley described the pull out as "heartbreaking", insisting the Covid-19 situation in South Africa gave the Australians no choice.
"We share their disappointment, we've all worked to make this tour happen. At the end of the day, the weight of medical advice and our duty of care to players and staff meant we were really left with no alternative." Hockley told reporters.
South Africa is the worst-hit country on the continent, with 1.5 million detected infections and more than 44,000 fatalities.