South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith predicts that the mens national team wont be back on the field until atleast, while confirming that the scheduled tour of West Indies has been postponed indefinitely.
Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave revealed last week they were hopeful of hosting South Africa in September for either two Tests or five T20 internationals, but Smith has now clarified the situation and has said the series wont happen.
“The West Indies tour has been postponed indefinitely,” Smith told reporters on Saturday.
“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.” the former South Africa skipper added.
According to the ICC future tour programme, Pakistan are scheduled to tour South Africa for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals in October. However, now the tour is likely to be pushed forward to November. A week ago, the PCB Chief Executive also refrained from confirming the tour just as yet.
“The Covid-19 situation is pretty dire in South Africa as well. Hence, the limited-overs series against South Africa isn’t confirmed yet. We are talking to them on various issues and will arrive at a decision regarding the tour by the end of August,” he said.
It is to be known that the Pakistan Board is looking trying to schedule the playoffs of the inconclusive fifth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in November.
South Africa cut short a One-Day International series in India in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have also been forced to postpone a tour to Sri Lanka, as well as their engagement with West Indies.
Smith feels that the lack of cricket is a huge financial hurdle for the country, who have also lost their 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.
South Africa is due to play Test matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia between January and March next year.