Due to the coronavirus pandemic, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, which was scheduled for the first half of June, has been postponed.
“It is very sad that we have been forced to take this step and we will re-schedule the tour as soon as cricket returns to a sense of normality and our international fixture list allows,” Jacques Faul said in a statement.
Graeme Smith had also earlier indicated that players would need six weeks of preparation time.
The next tour of South Africa is a two-Test, five T20I tours to West Indies in July-August. That tour’s decision is expected in mid-May.
The inaugural ODI league run from May 2020 to March 2022, featuring the 12 Test-playing teams and Netherlands, which qualified for the league from the World Cricket League Championship. For the 2023 World Cup, the top eight teams from the league will automatically qualify.
Faul said: “This series would have been a particularly important tour for us with the three ODIs counting for the new ICC one-day league and T20. It is very frustrating for the players who want to build on the good form they showed at the back-end of our home summer against Australia.”
This is the second one-day series with ODI league points at stake to be postponed. The ICC is yet to officially comment on how the schedule will be rejigged to accommodate series, but more is expected on this following high-level meeting in Dubai.
Two series- Sri Lanka v England and Bangladesh v Australia – have also been postponed due to the pandemic. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in Australia in October-November, another tournament that is in doubt.