JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced that it will not play in the bilateral ODI series against Australia that was set to take place in January to guarantee that players in good form will play in the new domestic T20 league, which will coincide with the international matches.
South Africa’s hopes of securing direct qualifying for the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 have been dashed as a result of the bilateral series’ cancellation because the squad would forgo the important Super League Standings points.
Cricket South Africa CEO Pholetsi Moseki was quoted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on its official website as saying, “While we are saddened at losing the crucial points, we are confident that our in-form Proteas team will garner the requisite points through the remaining games to secure automatic qualification to the showpiece event in India next year.”
With only four victories from 13 games, South Africa now holds a perilous 11th place in the Super League rankings. Only the top eight teams will automatically qualify for the 50-over competition in India the following year.
While Cricket Australia (CA) was urged by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to move the three-match series in Australia to later dates to avoid conflict with the league, CA responded that it was unable to do so due to its busy schedule.
“CSA contacted its counterpart months ago to rearrange the Australia trip to dates that would work for both parties. CSA provided four alternatives in that regard. Unfortunately, none of these were acceptable to Cricket Australia, much to our disappointment, Moseki stated.
Moseki added that the CSA has consented to give Australia the competition points.