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England to tour South Africa for three-match T20I, ODI series in Nov-Dec

Four games will be at Newlands in Cape Town with the other two in the nearby city of Paarl, meaning England can stay in a bio-bubble at the same hotel for the entire tour.

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Cape Town Published on: October 22, 2020 8:57 IST
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Four games will be at Newlands in Cape Town with the other two in the nearby city of Paarl, meaning England can stay in a bio-bubble at the same hotel for the entire tour.

England will travel to South Africa next month to play six limited-overs games against the Proteas after the South African government agreed to exempt the touring team from its coronavirus travel restrictions.

South Africa currently doesn't allow anyone to travel in from what it terms “high-risk” countries, with Britain on the list of 22 nations.

But South Africa eased the rules for the England squad, which will be based in Cape Town throughout the three-week tour. The teams will play three Twenty20 games and three one-day internationals. Four games will be at Newlands in Cape Town with the other two in the nearby city of Paarl, meaning England can stay in a bio-bubble at the same hotel for the entire tour. South Africa has more than 700,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

England will travel on a chartered flight and depart for South Africa on Nov. 16. The T20s are on Nov. 27, Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. The ODIs will be played Dec. 4, Dec. 6 and Dec. 9. No fans will attend the games. The England players and staff are expected to be in quarantine for at least a week after arriving but will be allowed to attend training during that time.

“We owe it to the sport that we do everything we can to keep international competition progressing during this pandemic," ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said.

England has had a reasonably busy schedule during the pandemic having played West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia — all at home — since July. South Africa hasn't played international cricket since early March.

The England tour comes at a time of crisis for South African cricket, which has been rocked by revelations of misconduct by senior executives and was severely criticized by the government last week. South Africa's sports minister said he intends to intervene and take over the running of the national cricket body after the under-fire board refused to step down.

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