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Require at least six weeks of preparation before any tour, says CSA
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Require at least six weeks of preparation before any tour, says CSA

Cricket South Africa's acting director of cricket Graeme Smith has admitted his team needs at least six weeks of preparation before embarking on any tour.

The planning period stipulated by Smith puts South Africa's forthcoming limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in jeopardy.

The Proteas are scheduled to take on Sri Lanka in three ODIs and three T20Is in early June before a subsequent international assignment in the Caribbean and the United States of America against West Indies.

The fate of the upcoming fixtures hence relies on the resumption of normal activity, including the lifting of travel bans, by the start of May.

"We have to review the situation every week but we estimate we would need around six weeks before any tour," Smith told reporters in a video media conference.

With South Africa currently under a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the former opening batsman focused on the importance of players taking the responsibility for maintaining their fitness while in self-isolation.

The virus-triggered health crisis has already impacted South Africa cricket with their ODI tour of India called off midway through the series.

Upon returning to the country, the Proteas squad had to place themselves in quarantine as part of the precautionary guidelines from the government.

Meanwhile, Smith is set to be appointed to a permanent role in CSA with the board's acting chief executive Jacques Faul indicating the announcement would be made soon.

"We are in final negotiations and hope to make an announcement next week," Faul said.

Faul also stated CSA had devised financial plans for the nationally-contracted and franchise players through the 2020/21 season.

"The players will lose out on match fees and win bonuses if there is no cricket."