Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

SA skip Pakistan tour due to ‘player workload’

SA skip Pakistan tour due to ‘player workload’

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

After the three T20s against England, the Proteas will host Australia for three ODIs and as many T20s with the last match ending on March 7, leaving less than a week in between for the series-opener in India at Dharamsala.

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).

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

CEO Wasim Khan said that the tour of South Africa is very much awaited and the things will get clear by the end of February.

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The PCB issued a press release on Friday stating:"Cricket South Africa have expressed their inability to tour Pakistan next month but assured the Pakistan Cricket Board that they will honour the commitment of sending their side as soon as it is reasonably possible". They will next head into four Tests and three ODIs. It was expected that the Pakistan Cricket Board would take some strict action against Akmal for his alleged misconduct however, the PCB officials have decided against it.

"Managing player workload is a top priority for any board and from that perspective, their decision is understandable".

Khan added, "We are happy to know that CSA is committed to organizing this series as soon as possible. We will now work together to find an appropriate window in the worldwide cricket calendar", Faul concluded.

Last month, PCB has directed every national and domestic contract players to go under the fitness test in NCA at Lahore ahead of the Bangladesh series and Pakistan Super League.

The Sri Lanka team bus was attacked in Pakistan in 2009 and since then the majority of Pakistan's home games have been played in the United Arab Emirates.

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