Sri Lanka Tour of South Africa Doubtful
Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa for a two-match Test series that counts towards the Test Championship is in doubt after considerable active cases of covid-19 were detected in South Africa yesterday, a high ranking official at SLC revealed to Ceylon Today.
Sri Lanka was scheduled to take wing to South Africa on 12 December, and the first Test was to start on 18 December, but due to the rise in covid-19 cases the officials are in talks regarding the tour.
“The tour of South Africa for two Test matches which is scheduled in December is in doubt after new covid-19 cases were detected in the host country. Health consideration of our players is always paramount,” the source said.
South Africa registered over 2,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to more than 633,000, the country’s Health Ministry said on Thursday. It said 174 more people died from the virus, taking the number of fatalities to 14,563.
Health professionals in the country have conducted over 3.74 million tests to detect the disease, while the number of recoveries has reached 554,887 said the Ministry.
South Africa is the country worst-hit by the virus on the African continent and has the seventh highest number of cases globally.
Sri Lanka who have played two Test series under the World Test Championship is currently in sixth place with 80 points. West Indies and South Africa sit at seventh and eighth positions respectively after playing the same number of series. Meanwhile, Bangladesh are yet to open their account and are presently occupying the last spot. Each and every series of the World Test Championship contains 120 points. The championship is scheduled to end in July next year. A total of 72 matches will be played between the nine nations across all available venues. The two nations that emerge on top after conclusion of all matches will face each other for ultimate glory at Lords.