London: English cricket's governing body said they remain committed to hosting some form of international women's series this year despite South Africa informing them on Tuesday they cannot tour.
South Africa cited "current international travel regulations" in place for South African national teams as their reason for withdrawing from September's planned tour.
They follow India in calling off a series. The Indians informed the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in July they were cancelling their tour due to rising numbers of coronavirus infections in India.
"Cricket South Africa (CSA) has informed the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that they will not be able to accept the invitation to tour the UK in September 2020," read an ECB statement.
"This decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.
"Unfortunately, India and South Africa have been unable to accept the invitation to tour but ECB remains committed to hosting women’s international cricket this summer."
Clare Connor, ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, said the success of the two men's series with West Indies and now Pakistan in biosecure environments illustrated what women's teams could expect.
"We have been committed from the outset to deliver the same bio-secure standards for both men's and women's international cricket, an investment that included exclusive hotel use for teams, chartered flights and medical provisions," she said.
"An ECB team, with support from the Incora County Ground, Derby, has created a dedicated behind closed doors environment to host all of our women's internationals.
"We continue to explore all options to see England Women play competitively this summer."
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Additionally, they have been imposed a hefty fine of USD 25,000. In late June, they were found to have breached the COVID safety bio-bubble in Durham ahead of the three-match ODI series against England.
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