Pakistan’s schedule for South Africa can most likely be deferred indefinitely due to the rescheduling of the Indian Premier League. Previously, this schedule was to take place later in 2020.
Speaking to the reporters, Graeme Smith, Director of Cricket for South Africa told that he does not expect any of the South African players to be available for any bilateral series till the end of this year. This will also mean that South Africa’s tour of the West Indies has to be postponed to an indefinite starting date.
Previously, the CEO of Cricket West Indies, Johnny Grave, has said that they are looking for a window in September- before the IPL- to host South Africa, but now it is confirmed that the tour will be postponed.
Graeme Smith clarified that the South African team will be occupied from the start of September. He said, “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.”
According to the ICC Future Tours Programme, Pakistan team was scheduled to play three ODIs and two T20Is in South Africa during October. This tour is now most likely postponed to November. A Pakistan Cricket Board official confirmed that any final decision on the scheduling of the South Africa tour will be reached by the end of the on-going month. He told:
“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.”
Due to the pandemic, South Africa’s ODI series in India was also cut short and their Sri Lanka tour was also postponed.