South Africa tour of West indies
South Africa tour to West Indies on hold indefinitely
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Graeme Smith, director of cricket in South Africa Cricket (SAC) does not expect the national team to be back in action until November at the earliest. Smith himself confirmed the scheduled tour of West Indies has been postponed for an indefinite period.
“The West Indies tour has been postponed indefinitely,” Graeme Smith said.
“We’re struggling to find the time with the Indian Premier League, when our players are likely to be needed from the beginning of September,” Smith told reporters on Saturday.
“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.” he added.
Smith said the lack of cricket is a financial time bomb for the country, who have also lost their major sponsor in the last few months.
“We’re in a lot of trouble financially. We need to get our broadcast rights in support from the corporate sponsorship and get the right content (series) in place,” former Proteas’ captain said.
South Africa are scheduled to play Test matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia between January and March next year.
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