The final round of matches of South Africa’s top domestic competition, the CSA four-day franchise series, has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2022. The CSA’s acting CEO, Pholetsi Moseki, stated to ESPNcricinfo that Sunday’s four matches had been postponed as a precautionary measure due to an increase in Covid-19 instances in the country in recent weeks. “Ultimately, we found it difficult to continue with these activities because they were playing outside of a bio-secure environment,” he stated.

This is the third set of matches to be postponed, following the postponement of Division 2 matchups between December 2 and 5, and between December 16 and 19.

Domestic cricket has not been played in a biosecure bubble environment so far this season, but ESPNcricinfo knows that this will change for the one-day and T20 tournaments. Both white-ball competitions were held under bio-secure conditions last summer.

The fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit South Africa, following the discovery of the Omicron variant last month. Cases reached a high of almost 26000 earlier this week, but are slowly declining. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has been on alert Level 1 of 5, with the fewest restrictions.