SA vs AUS: South Africa withdraws from Australia ODI Series, put their direct World Cup Qualification in doubt

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SA vs AUS: South Africa withdraws from Australia ODI Series, put their direct World Cup Qualification in doubt

SA vs AUS: South Africa Men’s team have withdrawn from the ODI leg of the Australian tour, Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday, July 13. The ODI series was slated to be played from January 12 to 17 in 2023 after the conclusion of the three-match Test series between Australia & South Africa.

Last month, CSA had requested CA to shift the dates of the ODI fixtures as they are planning to launch their T20-based league in the same window but due to a jam-packed International Schedule, there was no slot available to reschedule the fixtures. By withdrawing from the Australian ODI series, the South African board has agreed to concede the points from the three-match ODI series to Australia. For the unversed, the ODI series was set to be a part of the ICC World Cup Super League, the cut-off for which is in May next year.

The decision will severely affect South Africa’s chances of qualifying directly for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in India. They are currently languishing at the No.11 position in the Super League Points Table with just four wins from eight matches. The top eight teams of the ODI Super League as of May 2023 will directly qualify for the World Cup 2023. The remaining five teams will compete with five Associate teams in a qualifying tournament for the final two spots.

“It is disappointing that Cricket South Africa will be unable to contest the ODI series in January, Nick Hockley,” Cricket Australia’s CEO, said in a statement. “That said, we are delighted to be hosting South Africa for the three-Test series which includes the Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests, and with the comprehensive schedule of international cricket that will take place across Australia throughout the summer.”

“This will include the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and a record six touring teams for the Men’s and Women’s international series as well as the twelfth season of the BBL and the eighth season of the WBBL. We can’t wait to see fans back at the cricket this summer.”

Owing to South Africa’s withdrawal from the ODI series, Cricket Australia have shifted the venues of their home games against West Indies, England, and Pakistan.

SA vs AUS: The relocated matches are

October 7: Dettol Men’s T20I v West Indies, The Gabba, Brisbane | previously Metricon Stadium

October 9:Dettol Men’s T20I v England, Perth Stadium | previously The Gabba

January 26: CommBank Women’s T20I v Pakistan, Blundstone Arena | previously Manuka Oval, January 27

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