South Africa have withdrawn from their ODI series against Australia, scheduled in January 2023, Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday. With this decision, the Proteas, who are at the 11th spot with 49 points, have put their ICC ODI World Cup 2023 direct qualification hopes in doubts.
South Africa had requested Australia to reschedule the ODI series starting from January 12 to January 17. However, Cricket Australia was unable to find a substitute time-slot for the series which forced the Proteas to withdraw from the series.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said, “It is disappointing that Cricket South Africa will be unable to contest the ODI series in January.”
The African side made the decision to reschedule the series after the dates of the ODI matches clashed with South Africa’s new T20 franchise league. SA are on 11th rank in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 qualifications table with 49 points.
Eight nations from the 12 ICC full member nations along with Netherlands will directly qualify for the World Cup while the remaining five nations will compete the five associate teams for the last two spots.
For the first time, India will be hosting the ICC World Cup 2023 entirely in the country. Notably, India have partially hosted the World Cup in 1987 with Pakistan, in 1996 with Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and in 2011 with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.