ECB seeks Jo'burg confirmation

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The England and Wales Cricket Board has today asked for clarification from Cricket South Africa following reports that all matches on the forthcoming tour scheduled for Johannesburg may be reallocated.

England had been scheduled to play a Pro20 international, a one-day international and the fourth Test match starting on January 14, 2010, at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Recent reports suggest that these matches were now being relocated.

ECB chief executive David Collier has written to Gerald Majola, his counterpart at CSA, emphasising the need to cater for the many thousands of England supporters who have already made travel arrangements for the winter series.

Collier said: “The possible changes to the itinerary clearly present some logistical challenges for the team as well as the travelling England spectators.

“We are expecting a large number of England supporters in South Africa this winter and it is vital that we establish the exact position as quickly as possible.

“If there are changes to the itinerary we have asked Cricket South Africa to enter into urgent discussions with SA Tourism so that any additional costs can be mitigated and covered for travelling supporters.”

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