South Africa delay Pakistan tour to manage players' workload

Ross Houston
February 15, 2020

South Africa have postponed their T20I series in Pakistan, which was scheduled to be held in March. The planned tour will be rescheduled after the two boards find a new window.

The tour of India will complete a busy global programme for South Africa, which started with four Tests against England.

South Africa were to finish their tour of India on March 18, while Pakistan players only get free after the PSL final on March 22.

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With the IPL expected to begin on March 28, fitting in three more white-ball games in Pakistan in a span of two weeks would have made it hectic for the players.

The country then hosted Bangladesh in a three-match T20 series last month and won the opening test against the same opponents in Rawalpindi on Monday.

South Africa's tour to Pakistan did face logistical challenges, and CSA was planning to send a security delegation to Pakistan next month during the PSL to assess the situation.

"I would also like to stress that security was not an issue in asking the PCB for this postponement", Faul added.

Furthermore, the PCB said in a statement, "While we were keenly looking forward to hosting South Africa next month, we respect Cricket South Africa's reason for not sending their side next month".

According to a press release by the PCB, the CSA conveyed their decision to the cricket board after taking player workload into account. "We will now work together to find an appropriate window in the global cricket calendar", CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul added in a statement.

The England tour ends with the third T20 global in Centurion on Sunday and will be followed immediately by three T20 internationals and three one-day internationals against Australia, ending on March 7.

"We are pleased that the CSA remains committed to rescheduling this short series as soon as practically possible, Wasim Khan said".

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