South Africa to postpone Pakistan tour over player workload

Tanya Simon
February 16, 2020

Their subsequent ODI and T20I series against Australia and India coincide with the dates that the PSL will be held.

However, it's hard to believe that security fears didn't play a part in the entire episode as there was going to be a security assessment made by a delegation that was to be especially sent to Pakistan ahead of the tour.

South Africa will play three ODIs, the last of which is on March 18, and the PCB had meant to make them stay in Dubai - with the PSL ending on March 22 - and then fly them directly to Pakistan for the three T20Is in Rawalpindi.

Now that the CSA has expressed its incapability to tour in March, it's believed that the South Africa group is predicted to go to Pakistan for 2 Tests with three T20s in January 2021.

Steyn's news comes just after South Africa opted out of the three Twenty20s in Pakistan next month citing fatigue. Rawalpindi had been suggested as the venue for the three T20Is.

Three Twenty20 internationals were proposed but have been scratched because of South Africa's concerns over their players' workload.

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"As Cricket South Africa we are painfully aware that our country is afflicted by rising numbers of femicide and violent crimes against women", commented CSA acting chief executive, Jacques Faul.

"This has purely been done because of the heavy workload and worldwide schedule our players are facing in the immediate future", Sport24 quoted CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul as saying.

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

"He and the board of South Africa are very comfortable with touring".

"I'd like to stress that security was not an issue in asking the PCB for this postponement".

In case one remembers, it was during the 2009 Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, where the visitors were involved in a terror attack. South Africa's last big assignment is the three-match One-day worldwide series against India in India from March 12 to 18 and, perhaps, the month of April had suited them to tour Pakistan.

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