5 Unusual reasons which caused the cancellation of International tours

5 Unusual reasons which caused the cancellation of International tours

Here we look at some rare situations that had a major role in the cancellation of International Cricket tours.

Basil D'Oliveira
Basil D’Oliveira. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Over the years, Cricket has witnessed various troubles on the field and off the field as well resulting in damage to the sport. In some of the occasions, the involving teams went as far as cancelling or abrupting the tours. The often causes have been Wars between countries, weather issues, security concerns, and financial issues. On most of the instances, the International tours in troublesome conditions were adjusted accordingly and postponed to a safer period but some faced the abandonment.

Here we look at some rare situations that had a major role in the cancellation of International Cricket tours:

5. South Africa rugby team

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The apartheid policy in South Africa banned the national team from cricket for nearly 21 years (1970-1991). The countries which came in support of South Africa during this period also faced consequences on most occasions. In the second half of 1981, South Africa’s rugby team, Springboks toured New Zealand for three Rugby Tests. This caused a lot of unrest in New Zealand leading to protests but the series went ahead despite Prime Minister asked the NZ Rugby Union from inviting the Springboks.

On the other hand, the New Zealand Cricket team was expected to tour West Indies at the start of 1982. But following the tour of Springboks to New Zealand, West Indies were reluctant to hosts the Blackcaps. Though the New Zealand Cricket Council dissociated themselves from the Rugby tour. The situation in New Zealand at that point caused an impact over Rugby also as the popularity of the sport came down for the next few years until the 1987 Rugby World Cup which they jointly hosted and won.

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