South Africa have postponed indefinitely proposed tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies and are unlikely to play once more till November, Graeme Smith has revealed.
The Proteas had been due to journey to Sri Lanka in June for 3 ODIs and a trio of Twenty20 fixtures towards their hosts, solely to cancel due to the Corona Virus pandemic.
For the identical purpose they referred to as off a deliberate journey to the Caribbean set for July and August, after they had been due to play two Tests and 5 T20 matches.
While there was hope of dealing with West Indies in September as a substitute, director of cricket Smith admits such a state of affairs is unattainable for Cricket South Africa (CSA) due to the rearranged Indian Premier League season.
Several of the nation’s main names are contracted to franchises for the T20 event, which appears set to be staged within the United Arab Emirates this 12 months.
“The West Indies tour has been postponed indefinitely,” Smith advised the media on Saturday.
“We are struggling to discover the time with the Indian Premier League, when our gamers are possible to be wanted from the start of September. Sri Lanka additionally [postponed].
“I count on that after issues rise up and operating, our crew, on the boys’s aspect, I might say from November onwards, if all goes nicely, will probably be a very busy interval for South African cricket, in all probability enjoying in instances that we’ve not performed earlier than and making an attempt to cram in plenty of the missed tours.”
As for his personal scenario with CSA, Smith reaffirmed his dedication to the position amid latest questions raised over his appointment, as nicely as the teaching employees he put in place.
Mark Boucher was named as head coach forward of the house collection with England, whereas fellow former worldwide team-mates Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris had been launched to work as batting and spin-bowling consultants respectively.
“If you take a look at a few of the issues that are being stated round appointments, my appointment and the appointment of my employees, I feel a few of these issues are extraordinarily unfair,” Smith stated.
“It was good to see CSA president (Chris Nenzani) put that straight together with his most up-to-date feedback. But I’ve to come again to my worth system and why I acquired concerned on this job.
“Cricket South Africa courted me for some time, I went by the identical interview course of as everyone else in getting the job.
“I acquired concerned as a result of I’ve acquired cricket at coronary heart and to be a part of the answer. I need to assist create a powerful Cricket South Africa.”
Published 01 Aug 2020, 23:24 IST