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South Africa's tours of West Indies and Sri Lanka put on hold indefinitely
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South Africa's tours of West Indies and Sri Lanka put on hold indefinitely

Although South Africa recently celebrated the return of competitive cricket with the one-off 3TC Solidarity Cup, they will have to wait a couple of months more for the advent of international action.

South Africa's director of cricket Graeme Smith has confirmed that the national team will not be partaking in any bilateral series until at least November as they constrained by the coronavirus pandemic and the Indian Premier League schedule.

Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Graves had indicated last week plans were underway to host South Africa in September for either two T20Is or five T20Is following the Caribbean Premier League.

However, the thin window provided by the gap between the CPL's conclusion and the start of IPL is not enough to ensure a contest between the two sides.

“The West Indies tour has been postponed indefinitely,” Smith told reporters in a virtual press conference.

“We are struggling to find the time with the Indian Premier League when our players are likely to be needed from the beginning of September.

“In terms of when we will get back onto the field, we are probably looking at November onwards. And if all goes well, it will then be a very busy period for South African cricket, playing series at times when we don't usually play.

“It will be a case of trying to cram in all the tours that have been missed.”

South Africa's hiatus from international cricket began when they were forced to cut short their ODI series in India amidst the virus outbreak.

Subsequently, they postponed their tour of Sri Lanka originally set to be staged in June while the series against West Indies was supposed to happen in July-August.

South Africa has been suffering a steep surge in coronavirus cases making it impossible for players to indulge in preparations at professional facilities for the cricket assignments.

Smith also pointed towards the financial troubles the Proteas are currently facing given the lack of cricket that has already stripped the board of a major sponsor in the past few months.

“Financially we are in a lot of trouble. We need to get our broadcast rights in, support from corporate sponsorship and get the right content [series] in place,” he said.