CSA has to make tough decision
"This decision was taken in order to avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspective and to also maintain a hazard-free bubble environment," said CSA in an official release.
"At this stage, we would like to remind all cricket fans that the tour and the matches will still be broadcast on SuperSport and SABC platforms."
CSA said the decision was jointly taken with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It added that it was taken to protect payers, staff members, and fans as well as maintain a hazard-free bubble environment. BCCI'S have world's most lucrative and richest cricket league, Indian Primer League abbreviated as IPL.
“We acknowledge the interest expressed by the fans and other stakeholders on being able to return to stadiums and want to assure all cricket fans that this decision was not taken lightly, but was instead taken in the best interest of the game and in the interest of the health and safety of all patrons," said CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki.
"Consequently, we urge all sports lovers to exercise absolute care, during these extraordinary times. I also wish to take this time to urge all South Africans to continue spreading the positive messages of VACCINATION, VACCINATION AND VACCINATION, because this is the only way that we can truly get our country back into its high economic activity, which will assist [the] government to open up the economy and all its forms of economic activity, including allowing greater numbers of fans back into stadiums.”
Mzansi Super League also cancelled
The CSA also announced that it had cancelled the T20 Mzansi Super League for the second time due to the very same reason. The event was scheduled to be held in February after the 2020 edition was cancelled, also due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the MSL is meant to allow CSA and its strategic partners to revamp and review the tournament post-Covid-19 to regain its market and commercial position," said Moseki.
The South African cricket governing body had also postponed the remaining round of the CSA four-day franchise series, South Africa's premier domestic competition, due to the same reason.