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South Africa call off proposed Pakistan tour to manage players workload
South Africa tour of Pakistan

South Africa call off proposed Pakistan tour to manage players workload

South Africa will not be sending their team for a proposed T20I tour of Pakistan next month citing workload management of players as the primary reason for this decision.

South Africa were mulling over the possibility of visiting Pakistan for a three-T20I series in Rawalpindi following the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League on March 22.

The proposed T20I contests would have served as an additional South African trip to Pakistan over and above the two-Test and three-T20I series scheduled to take place in the country in January next year as part of the Future Tours Programme.

The PCB has clarified the T20I series still remains on the cards and would be held at a later date.

"Cricket South Africa 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," the PCB said in its media release.

South Africa's hectic cricket schedule sees them engage in several white-ball fixtures over the next month. They are currently hosting England for a T20I series, the visitors' last assignment in the African nation following four Tests and three ODIs.

After the completion of the England T20Is, South Africa will clash against Australia at home in three T20Is and three ODIs before flying to India for three ODIs starting March 12.

Recognizing the need for South Africa to rest their players ahead of the Indian Premier League, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan offered an affable response.

“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," he 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."