Australia to reschedule South Africa tour ‘as soon as possible’

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Australia will look to reschedule its postponed tour of South Africa “as soon as possible” but only if the health situation and calendar allows, board chief Nick Hockley said.

Australia pulled out of the three-Test tour slated for March-April citing an “unacceptable level of health and safety risk to players, support staff and the community”.

The move angered the South African board, which said it had incurred significant costs in meeting Australia’s safety demands and wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) seeking redress.

Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive Hockley said the “first step” to mending the board’s relationship with Cricket South Africa was to come to a resolution with revised dates.

“We would like to reschedule it as soon as possible, providing it is safe to do so, and there is time available in the calendar,” he told Nine Network-owned newspapers.

“Now, that’s not a simple task. Through the pandemic and quarantine periods, there is a lot of cricket that has been rescheduled.

“But we’re right in the middle of constructive discussions and hopefully those discussions will be resolved soon.”