South Africa delay Pakistan tour to manage players’ workload
South Africa will not be touring Pakistan in the proposed one-week window from March 22-29 to manage players’ workload. The tour will now take place “as soon as it is reasonably possible,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed in a media release on Friday (February 14).
South Africa, who are also touring India for three ODIs, were looking to visit Pakistan for three T20Is after the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on March 22 and before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on March 29. Rawalpindi was the proposed venue but as it stands now, the tour is postponed and an alternate window to play the games is yet to be decided.
“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. Managing player workload is a top priority for any cricket board, and from that perspective, their decision is understandable,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.
“We are pleased that the 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 FTPs to find gaps so that we can agree on the dates,” he added.
The proposed three-match T20I series was in addition to South Africa’s full tour of Pakistan in January next year, when they will play two Tests and three T20Is as part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP).