South Africa call off Pakistan tour

Sports Desk | Published: 16:38, Feb 14,2020 | Updated: 16:41, Feb 14,2020


South Africa have withdrawn their interest in touring Pakistan for three T20Is in March, citing players workload following the India tour next month as the reason, reports Cricinfo.

The planned tour will be rescheduled after the two boards find a new window.

South Africa's tour to Pakistan did face logistical challenges, and CSA was planning to send a security delegation to Pakistan next month during the PSL to assess the situation.

South Africa will play three ODIs, the last of which is on March 18, and the PCB had intended to make them stay in Dubai - with the PSL ending on March 22 - and then fly them directly to Pakistan for the three T20Is in Rawalpindi.

South Africa are currently hosting England for a T20I series, which was preceded by four Tests and three ODIs. Within five days of the last game against England, they will host Australia for three T20Is and as many ODIs, stretching the last game to March 7. They have to then fly to India.

With the IPL expected to begin on March 28, fitting in three more white-ball games in Pakistan in a span of two weeks would have made it hectic for the players.

As such, South Africa have not been the busiest team since the 50-over World Cup last year. They have played 13 matches across formats.

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