South African cricket director Graeme Smith does not expect the national team to be back in action until early November and confirmed that the scheduled tour of the West Indies has been postponed indefinitely.
Johnny Grave, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket West Indies, said last week that they were hoping to host South Africa in September for two or five T20 internationals,but Smith has made clear that will not happen.
He told reporters on Saturday: “Tour of the Western Indies has been postponed indefinitely. “We struggle for the time when our players are likely to be needed in early September with the Indian Premier League.
“It’s possible that we look at November when we get back in the city. And if everything goes well, South African cricket will be busy, playing series sometimes when normally we don’t play it. It’s going to be a case of trying to cram on all the tours which have been skipped.
The ICC’s future plan includes a three-day International (ODI’s) and three twenty-20 International tour of Pakistan in October. Pakistan is planned. But the tour is now expected to continue until November. The PCB CEO also refused to confirm the tour until a week ago.
“The situation in Covid-19 is also very grim in South Africa. There is, therefore, no confirmation of the limited-over series against South Africa. We ‘re talking to them on many issues and will reach decision on the tour by the end of August,” he said.
It must be remembered that the PCB still intends to schedule playoffs for Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s now-suspended fifth edition in November.
In March, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa shortened the one-day international series in India and also had to delay a visit to Sri Lanka and its contribution to the West Indians.
Smith said cricket failure is the country’s financial time bomb, which in recent months has also lost its biggest supporter.
“We ‘re in a lot of trouble financially. We need our broadcasting rights in, corporate sponsorship and the right material (series).
Around January and March next year, South Africa will also be playing test games with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia