South Africa tour to West Indies on hold indefinitely | Cricket News
Graeme Smith. (Photograph by Philip Brown/Popperfoto by way of Getty Photos)
CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith doesn’t count on the nationwide crew to be again in motion till November on the earliest and confirmed the scheduled tour of West Indies has been postponed indefinitely.
Cricket West Indies chief govt Johnny Grave mentioned final week they have been hopeful of internet hosting South Africa in September for both two Exams or 5 T20 internationals, however Smith has made clear that won’t occur.
“The West Indies tour has been postponed indefinitely,” he advised reporters on Saturday. “We’re struggling to seek out the time with the Indian Premier League, when our gamers are more likely to be wanted from the start of September.
“By way of once we will get again onto the sphere, we’re in all probability taking a look at November onwards. And if all goes effectively, it’ll then be a really busy interval for South African cricket, enjoying collection at occasions once we don’t normally play.
“Will probably be a case of attempting to cram in all of the excursions which were missed.”
South Africa minimize quick a One-Day Worldwide collection in India in March as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, and have additionally been compelled to postpone a tour to Sri Lanka, in addition to their engagement with West Indies.
Smith mentioned the dearth of cricket is a monetary time bomb for the nation, who’ve additionally misplaced their main sponsor in the previous few months.
“Financially we’re in plenty of hassle. We have to get our broadcast rights in, assist from company sponsorship and get the appropriate content material (collection) in place.”
South Africa are scheduled to play Take a look at matches towards Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia between January and March subsequent yr.