New Delhi:Cricket South Africa on Thursday expressed its regret and sadness at the postponement of the inaugural Champions' League in India next month.
"It is a very sad day not just for cricket but for everybody affected by what has occurred in Mumbai," commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola. "It is regrettable that the governing council of the Champions' League had to take this decision but they had no choice in the circumstances. The safety of the players is of paramount importance at all times.
"It obviously has negative financial connotations for everybody involved and it is a huge disappointment for the franchise players from the Nashua Dolphins and the Nashua Titans who were looking forward to the opportunity of competing on a bigger stage."
Tony Irish, CEO of the South African Cricketers' Association, commented: "It is disappointing from a player's point of view because the players were looking forward to testing their abilities against the best players from domestic teams of other countries. It is a massive blow to everyone financially, CSA, the franchises and the players, but it is the correct decision to make in this situation, because the safety and security of the teams and players is the most important factor."
In view of the changed circumstances the South African Castle Test squad will now travel to Australia together next weekend and an extra practice match is being arranged, also to be played at the Waca in Perth. It will in all probability be a one-day (non-limited-overs) match against Australia A.
"I would like to thank Cricket Australia for their co-operation and assistance in this regard," added Majola.