SA withdraw from 3-match ODI series vs Australia, puts their 2023 World Cup qualification hopes in doubt


South Africa have opted to back out from the 3-match ODI series against Australia which was scheduled to take place from January 12-17, 2023. The move could be a major setback for the Proteas’ hopes of direct qualification for next year’s ODI World Cup in India with the Proteas currently languishing in the 11th spot with 49 points.

In an official statement, CSA Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki said, “CSA has agreed that ICC award Australia the competition points. While we are saddened at losing the crucial points, we are confident that our in-form Proteas team will garner the requisite points through the remaining games to secure automatic qualification to the showpiece event in India next year.”

Cricket South Africa (CSA) decided to withdraw from the series after Cricket Australia (CA) turned down their request to reconsider the dates. The series schedule was clashing with CSA’s new franchise T20 league.

“As difficult as this decision has been for CSA, the long-term sustainability of our new T20 League is reliant on having all our domestic players available for this exciting new addition to the CSA calendar.

“CSA is looking forward to be hosted by Cricket Australia for an enticing blend of cricket in the threeTest series which includes the Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests in Melbourne and Sydney,” concluded Moseki.

As of now, two World Cup spots are up for grabs and five teams still have to play off against five Associate sides. Only the top eight teams from the 12 ICC full member nations plus the Netherlands qualify for the tournament.

South Africa have an uphill task to climb out of the bottom five as their next series are against England and India before the May cut-off date

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