Pakistan’s tour to South Africa postponed
Pakistan visit to South Africa in October this year has been postponed with the mutual consent of the cricket boards of the both countries.
Pakistan’s team was scheduled to play three World Cup 50-50 qualifying round matches plus three T20s ahead of the postponed T20 World Cup. But now the tour in late September looks highly unlikely.
According to sources, Cricket South Africa has officially conveyed to the Pakistan Cricket Board about it inability to host Pakistan for the series due to coronavirus pandemic. Both the boards have agreed to postpone the series and are searching a new window for the series.
If virus situation betters in South Africa, there are good chances that the series against South Africa could take place in February-March 2021. South African team is also scheduled to visit Pakistan next year.
The development came after last week’s statement of CSA’s Director Cricket Graeme Smith that South Africa would not be in a position to host any cricket till November due to Covid-19.
CSA has already cancelled away tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies. Despite West Indies Cricket Board’s keen interest, CSA looked least interested to tour West Indies. Majority of the South African cricketers have shown their interest in playing Indian Premier League (IPL) and even their board does not seem interested to convince players to take the West Indies tour amid the league engagements.
The three-match series was supposed to be the first for Pakistan campaign to directly qualify for the 2023 World Cup. Pakistan will now start its efforts to directly qualify for the 2023 World Cup with home series against Zimbabwe.