The series between Bangladesh and South Africa will not be likely to take place
South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) chief executive, Tony Irish has announced that Cricket South Africa (CSA) are highly “unlikely” to approve hosting a series against Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are eager to play three ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals against the South Africans, and CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul has revealed that the decision is being discussed.
A meeting has been scheduled between SACA and CSA to come to a final decision on the series, which if approved, will take place outside the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tours Programme.
Irish, ahead of the meeting said: “Both CSA and SACA are required to agree to the series but, in my opinion, it is unlikely to go ahead. Because it is an addition to the Future Tours Programme, we think it will be very difficult to arrange such a series.”
South Africa, have an extremely tight cricket schedule before the ICC World Twenty20, which takes place in September in Sri Lanka.
The South Africans will be facing Zimbabwe in five Twenty20 Internationals before travelling to England for over two months in July.
After facing England, the South Africans will head straight to the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, after which they play against the Australians from October to November, before ending the year with a series against New Zealand.
Several South African players are also involved in the domestic championships and the Indian Premier League (IPL), except captain Graeme Smith, who is recovering from ankle surgery, and Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Mark Boucher, who failed to be bought at the IPL auction in February.
“It’s a difficult time for our players with a lot of them being away, so it will be tough to schedule [the Bangladesh series] in,” Irish added.
The BCB’s proposal comes just under a week after the postponement of the Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan, which would have seen international cricket return to the troubled region after three years.