The third Check between England and South Africa on the Kia Oval has been suspended following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.
The announcement of the Queen’s demise on the age of 96 got here at 6.30pm on Thursday, the scheduled first day of the Check, after which the ECB confirmed that no scheduled cricket would happen on Friday. In addition to day two of the Check, 4 fixtures within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy had been on account of be performed.
“Following the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa Males at The Oval, together with all scheduled matches within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, is not going to happen,” the ECB mentioned in an announcement. “For fixtures past Friday, updates shall be supplied sooner or later.”
The ECB is in session with authorities and different sports activities on the suitable plan of action for the remainder of the Check. Ticket-holders for day two shall be eligible for a full refund, the board confirmed.
ESPNcricinfo understands the ECB and the Proteas administration group met to debate choices, whether or not shifting day two to Saturday or cancelling the Check altogether. CSA was joyful to simply accept regardless of the ECB board deemed applicable and is keen to increase the group’s keep within the UK to facilitate the completion of the sequence, which is at present tied at one Check apiece.
ECB chair Richard Thompson mentioned: “I am positive I converse for everybody within the recreation once I say how actually unhappy I’m to listen to of the Queen’s passing. Her Majesty has been such an amazing supporter of the sport and was all the time so vocal of her and her late husband’s enjoyment across the sport. Her dedication to her nation won’t ever be forgotten. For her service and her selflessness over her extraordinary reign, we owe her a debt that may by no means be repaid.”
A interval of nationwide mourning is predicted within the UK, with sporting cancellations possible. Play was suspended on the PGA Championship in Wentworth on Thursday night, whereas the British Horseracing Authority introduced the postponement of Friday’s races.