Cricket South Africa continues to implement the necessary precautions and safety measures set out by government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The governing body, already preparing for the 2020-21 cricket season, is constantly monitoring the spread of the virus to ensure the continuation of the domestic and international schedules.
CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul has announced the implementation of a four-way strategy to ensure all parties involved with the country’s cricket are informed with the latest news and updates, while safety and job security remain top priority.
The strategy includes steps to ensure the well-being of all, using players and stars to raise their voices in awareness and support, constant communication with the stakeholders as well as continuing to plan for the future around the pandemic.
With South Africa’s local season nearing conclusion, CSA decided to suspend and cancel all cricket activities at a fairly early stage.
With the whole country in lockdown, CSA launched the #nohands social media challenge, which interim director of cricket Graeme Smith kicked off last week with a lot of current and former Proteas joining to promote the coordinated message.
On an administrative level, CSA remains in regular communication with all stakeholders and parties involved while actively looking into life after the pandemic to ensure the impact of the issue won’t have a significant financial effect.
‘We’ve got all these plans in place at least. We want to provide leadership during this difficult time, which I believe is important. We are going to communicate with players on a weekly basis and also with our staff,’ Faul said on Tuesday.
‘You can imagine the anxiety about this situation, especially if you read about pay cuts and retrenchments. So, it is important for us to play a responsible leadership role, hence we have come up with this four-way strategy and that is what we will be rolling out.’
The Proteas are due to tour Sri Lanka and the West Indies in June and July, but no announcement has been made as to if the tours could be postponed or cancelled.
South Africa’s recent ODI tour of India had to be cancelled after the first match due to the growing spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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