The third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval started on Thursday. Just toss to start.
The UK’s Football Association (FA) makes bigger decisions. All matches of this week have been postponed. The question arises about cricket, why did the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) not cancel the England-South Africa match at the moment of mourning over the death of Queen.
The answer is financial gain-loss.
As the previous two matches were tied 1-1, the series will be decided at the Oval.A Test match at The Oval sells around £1.3 million worth of tickets. Income from hospitality is 1 million pounds.
Apart from this, five lakh pounds of food and drinks are sold every day. In all, if the remaining three days of games were canceled, the loss would have been close to £3.3 million.
As the first two days of the Oval Test were not played, the ECB wanted to ask the ICC to extend the Test by one day.
But the South African Cricket Board did not agree to this. As per the schedule, the South African team booked their tickets to return home on Tuesday, assuming that the Test will end on Monday.