South Africa cancel Pakistan tour in March 2020
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday has expressed their inability to make the pre-planned tour to Pakistan next month.
The bilateral series was consisted of three T20 Internationals in Pakistan after South Africa will conclude the three match One Day International (ODI) series in India starting on March 12 which will end on 18 March, after which South Africa were scheduled to travel Pakistan via Dubai.
The South African cricket authority cited players’ workload for cancelling the proposed tour. The official media handle of Cricket Pakistan has made a statement saying,
“South Africa will not be coming to Pakistan in the following month. CSA is ready for the tour however a new window will be sought in this regard. The reason was not security but the commitments of the players.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was quite confident of CSA to make the tour happen as a part of their ongoing campaign to bring international cricket brought in Pakistan full fledgedly.
After cancelling the tour, however CSA assured PCB that they will honor the commitment of sending their side as soon as “it is reasonably possible”.
In the press release regarding the matter, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said, “While we were keenly looking forward to hosting South Africa next month, we respect CSA’s reason for not sending their side.
“Managing player workload is the priority of any cricket board, and from that perspective, their decision is understandable,” he added.
“We are pleased that CSA remains committed to rescheduling this short series as soon as practically possible. As there is a strong willingness and commitment, both the boards are now exploring their Future Tours Programme to find gaps so that we can agree on the dates,” the press release quoted him as saying.
South Africa last toured Pakistan in 2007, winning the Test series 1-0 and the ODI series by 3-2.