England vs South Africa: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday (8th September) suspended the play for the second day of the third Test against South Africa at the Oval. The governing body decided to take the decision following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Not only the second day of the game but the ECB also postponed the scheduled games for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. The Queen passed away on Thursday evening and to pay tribute, the governing body did this gesture.
Addressing the same ECB issued the official statement, which read:
“Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa Men at The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place. For fixtures beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board is deeply saddened at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The thoughts of everyone involved in the game are with the whole Royal Family.
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) September 8, 2022
The series-decider third Test between England and South Africa as per schedule was to be played on Thursday (8th September) but continuous rains washed out day 1. Hosts skipper Ben Stokes had won the toss and decided to bowl first.
The fate of the final Test of the series will be decided after the talks between ECB and CSA in accordance with the UK government. It remains to be seen whether the third Test will go as per the schedule or not. The series currently stays leveled at 1-1.
England vs South Africa: “Her dedication to her country will never be forgotten,” ECB chairman Richard Thompson expressed his disappointment over Queen’s demise
Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 on Thursday (September 8). Following this, many cricketers expressed their disappointment. ECB’s chairman Richard Thompson was also among those and highlighted that her dedication to her country will never be forgotten. He said:
“I’m sure I speak for everyone in the game when I say how truly sad I am to hear of the Queen’s passing. Her Majesty has been such a great supporter of the game and was always so vocal of her and her late husband’s enjoyment around the sport.
Her dedication to her country will never be forgotten. For her service and her selflessness over her extraordinary reign, we owe her a debt that can never be repaid.”
England Vs South Africa 2nd day of the 3rd Test has been suspended in respect of Queen Elizabeth II.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 8, 2022