India, Proteas unable to travel for England Women tour
Cricket South Africa have informed England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) they will not be able to accept the proposal to tour the United Kingdom in September 2020 due to the current international travel guidance in place for South African national teams. During this period England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has had conversations with several boards about the opportunity of playing cricket in a bio-secure condition using the model developed for men’s international cricket this summer.
Unfortunately, India and South Africa have been unable to accept the call to tour but England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) remains dedicated to hosting women’s international cricket this summer. Everything is in place for England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to be able to host international women’s cricket in a bio-secure environment and we continue to have multiple discussions with some international boards about potential women’s tours.
ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said: We are immensely disappointed that we are not yet able to confirm fixtures for England Women this summer due to India and South Africa being unable to travel. Women’s and girls’ cricket is a huge part of the ECB strategy and despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, this ambition has not waned. We continue to explore all options to see England Women play competitively this summer. We have been committed from the outset to deliver the same bio-secure standards for both men’s and women’s international cricket, an investment that included exclusive hotel use for teams, chartered flights, and medical provisions. An ECB team, with support from the Incora County Ground, Derby, has created a dedicated behind-closed-doors environment to host all of our women’s internationals. Women’s and girls’ cricket is a huge part of the ECB strategy and despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, this ambition has not waned. We continue to explore all options to see England Women play competitively this summer.
Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said: It is frustrating that another opportunity for our Momentum Proteas to play against top quality opposition has again had to be cancelled but as always the safety of our players and support staff is the prime consideration.
A High-Performance squad of 24 players was selected in preparation of the proposed tour. The players were expected to meet on Sunday 16 August at the Powerade High Performance Centre in Pretoria for their second training camp but will now continue one-on-one training at their respective Provinces. A revised training schedule will be announced in due course.