Cricket South Africa (CSA) has called off their proposed T20I tour of Pakistan next month owing to the issue of the players’ workload. South Africa were expected to travel to Rawalpindi to take part in a three-match T20I series in the aftermath of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but that tour has been put on hold now.
The decision has been driven by the hectic cricketing schedule of the Proteas team, which is currently engaged in a bilateral T20I series against England at home. South Africa will then compete with Australia in six white-ball fixtures after which they will tour India for three ODIs. Several South African players will then start preparations for the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to commence on March 28.
"The postponement has purely been done because of the heavy workload & international schedule our players are facing in the immediate future. I have assured Wasim Khan that the tour remains very much on our international schedule,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said.
These three T20Is would have constituted as an additional goodwill gesture from CSA, over and above the T20I and Test series planned in Pakistan in January next year against South Africa.