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CSA Makes Compensation Call to ICC

Cricket South Africa has written to the International Cricket Council requesting it consider introducing compensation for less wealthy nations when tours are postponed or cancelled.

The latest development follows the furore caused when Cricket Australia elected to withdraw from its scheduled tour of South Africa. Cricket Australia said it had “no choice” but to postpone the tour, with CSA heavily criticising the decision amid what it claimed were the introduction of “unprecedented” Covid-19 protocols.

South Africa was due to face Australia at home in a three-Test series spanning March 3-25, with the games to be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion and the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Cricket Australia said that due to the public health situation in South Africa it had “become clear” that travelling to the country at this time presented “an unacceptable level of health and safety risk”.

CSA stated its “immense disappointment” at the news, adding that the decision would result in a “serious” financial loss. These losses are reported at between R30m and R40m, with CSA having already projected losses for the current four-year cycle of between R654m and R1bn.

CSA has now taken to writing to the ICC, stating Australia’s decision to withdraw is “against the spirit of sportsmanship”, has implications for the credibility of the World Test Championship, and raises concerns it will have a “serious impact on the financial well-being of less-wealthy” ICC members.

“There’s got to be some understanding of how we manage the impact to less-wealthy nations,” Stavros Nicolaou, Chairman of CSA’s interim board, said. “Unilateral decisions of this nature are punitive to less-wealthy cricket-playing nations and there has to be some discussion around redress.”

Sport Industry Group
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