The Proteas are set to confirm whether their cricket tour to West Indies will continue as scheduled. South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith did, however, warn that the team would need at least 6 weeks preparation before participating in any tournaments.
With South Africa currently on a 21-day lockdown to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been affecting the world, it is still uncertain whether the situation would have improved by the time the tour is scheduled to take place.
Graeme Smith went on to explain that “We have to review the situation every week,”
“but we estimate we would need around six weeks before any tour.”
The Proteas were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in June and then the West Indies in July. Given the 6 weeks preparation required, it would mean that cricket as a sport would have to full normality by at least the end of May for the West Indies tour to take place.
He is doubtful that the situation would be viable enough for the team to be ready for the Sri Lanka tour as, besides the lockdown, countries have also implemented strict travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Chief Executive of cricket, Jacques Faul went on to announce that “We are in final negotiations and hope to make an announcement next week,”
Unlike other sporting disciplines across the globe that have had to take wage cuts due to the suspension of sports during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaques Faul ensured that the Proteas squad would receive their full salaries except for match fees and bonuses.