ENG vs SA: England-South Africa final test could cost millions of pounds for England cricket board if cancelled: report


If the third and final Test against South Africa had been canceled due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) may have faced a potential loss of several million pounds.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, the ECB’s insurance does not cover the death of a monarch, and the national cricket board expected significant losses if the decisive test at The Oval were postponed.

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Only the first day of England vs South Africa washout is covered by insurers: report

“The ECB’s insurance does not cover cancellations caused by the death of a monarch, so losses of several million pounds would have followed if the governing body had chosen that course of action for England’s third test match against South Africa at the Kia Oval,” the report said.

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Rain forced the cancellation of the first day of the show, but the death of the Queen forced the cancellation of the second day of the production on Friday. After the game started on Saturday, England sent South Africa away for 118 and then amassed 154/7, giving them a 36-point lead after Day 3.

England National Cricket Team (Image Credit: Getty Images)
England National Cricket Team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The ECB considered a possible windfall from the series-defining third test between England and South Africa after Surrey earned £7.9 million in ticket sales for the postponed fifth test between England and India.

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“Having the match cancelled, it would mean that “most of the money would be returned to the spectators, as only the first day washout is covered by the insurers”the report said.

The Proteas won the first Test at Lord’s by an innings and 12 runs, but England, led by ben Stokesfought back to win the second Test at Old Trafford by an innings and 85 runs.

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Given the busy Future Tours Program (FTP) and the burgeoning domestic TO competitions around the world, Test matches cannot be postponed as easily as Premier League football matches, which are subject to change at short notice. Cricket also has to align with the broadcasters’ programs which is a big deal.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) (Photo- Twitter)
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) (Photo- Twitter)

Fortunately for the ECB, the third Test was played as planned, with the sides pausing for a moment of silence to remember the late king.

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