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South Africa’s domestic competitions are likely to feature more Pakistani players from now on
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket South Africa have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding which will not only improve cricketing ties between the two nations, but will also see more Pakistani players featuring in South Africa’s domestic competitions.
The deal came after Pakistan agreed to tour South Africa later this month for a series consisting of three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.
“[The] ideal thing would be for us is to play a series at home but unfortunately for various reasons that is not possible,” PCB interim chairman Najam Sethi said. “It’s important for our players at the national and Under-19 levels to play internationally and I am very keen to support that, so when the opportunity came along, although it’s a tight time frame, it was time for us to stand with CSA. We don’t end up making too much money but we don’t lose anything and our boys get to play South Africa in South Africa, which is very exciting.
“Our players will also play in South African domestic cricket and that will give them more cricket. I have talked to [Haroon] Lorgat, he has promised me to encourage our players to play in their local leagues. My concern is that our players should play in India in the IPL and in county cricket, we want to do that. If they let our players in the local leagues then it will give them good outing and good education.”
Lorgat, who is Cricket South Africa’s chief executive, stated that he was pleased Pakistan had agreed to tour South Africa on such short notice and added that he could not see any reason why the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be upset with the series.
“We are excited and happy with that great engagement with Pakistan and it’s pretty obvious that it fills a gap that has risen out of a curtailed tour,” Lorgat said. “I don’t see why it should, Pakistan was available and it’s a bilateral arrangement between the two and we are simply delighted that we can get Pakistan to South Africa.”