Pakistan news November 3, 2013

Pakistan's proposed tour to South Africa scrapped

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The plans for Pakistan's proposed limited-overs tour of South Africa in November have been scrapped due to the PCB's ongoing legal existential crisis that has prevented them from making a commitment to the tour. The short series was planned during a two-week window in November after the two sides wrap up their current bilateral series in the UAE on November 15.

The PCB currently has no board chairman or any kind of body running its affairs, after the Islamabad High Court suspended chairman Najam Sethi and the five-member Interim Management Committee (IMC) on Thursday, until at least after the weekend. Cricket South Africa (CSA) had requested the PCB to confirm the tour at least two weeks prior to its commencement, in order to sort out the logistics. However, the PCB finds itself unable to sanction the tour, since its top decision-making officials are suspended for an indefinite period.

Sethi said that CSA had offered the PCB US$1.5million to host them. "CSA had offered us to play a short series in South Africa. But due to the ongoing legal crisis in the PCB, we cannot extend discussions with them," Sethi said in his program Aapas Ki Baat in Geo News.

"The day I had started working on the proposal by CSA, the court suspended me and the IMC, so the idea could not materialise."

The tour was suggested after the original itinerary of India's tour of South Africa was altered. The seven ODIs were cut down to three, the three-Test series brought down to two, and the two-match T20 series was scrapped altogether.

India will begin their tour of South Africa on December 5, with the first ODI. CSA was expected to lose R200 million (US$ 20m approx.) owing to the curtailed India tour, with the proposed home series against Pakistan expected to help recover some of those costs.

Pakistan are scheduled to return to the UAE on December 6 to take on Sri Lanka in two T20s, five ODIs and three Tests. The second half of November is the only period in which both Pakistan and South Africa have no other commitments.

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  • on November 6, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers are the biggest entertainers in the world of cricket; they are wild and untamed and all of them comes with their own unique style.

    Pakistan cricket must be saved and talent should be picked up at school level and sent to Australia as future entertainers.

    Pak Cricket death should be stopped as we need them for entertainment more than any other cricketing country. They are pure and very animated and face expression are so genuine that even non cricketing country love to watch Pakistan in any cricket competition. They have fans all over the world as they are also going through crises and that has to be stabilized by ICC. It is ICC job to start cricket in Pakistan so next generation keep interest

  • chechong0114 on November 5, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    This crisis that is currently facing Pakistan cricket must be dealth with as a matter of urgency and must be fixed immediately, Pakistan cricket is way to vital and important to the life of the game of cricket as a whole and this situation should not be treated as anything less. Pakistan cricket must continue to thrive and prosper they are too valuable an entity and I am personally making an appeal to the ICC to step in a help resolve this issue ASAP.

  • on November 5, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Imran Tahir is a favourite of Abdul Qadir. The old master loves this protégé. I don't think its right to dismiss Tahir so easily. True Pakistan has better spinners than him, which is why he immigrated to spin-poor SA. His beautiful South African wife is the second reason.

  • indianzen on November 5, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    There is no board now. Was there a good one earlier ? Board making and art of management - Every board will have to learn from BCCI. Now start crying against it...

  • Fijicricket on November 5, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    @Malik77 on (November 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT- Winning in INDIA on flat tracks has no value according to all Pakistan fans. Doesnt your own rules apply to you? Anyway the Pakistan India series were "friendlies" meaningless tour. Didnt you see Ashwin and Capt Dhoni smiling away making 2 runs per over when the required runrate was 7?-Make your won conclusions! Pls check the ICC rankings for todays standings

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on November 4, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    CSA can arange a tri-series involving ZIMBAWE n BAGLADESH . So that they can prepare properly for high profile india series where where cricket world can see a INDIAWASH in oneday format .

  • Yasir1983 on November 4, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Shamed on you Najam sethi.

  • CharlesCrasto on November 4, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Najam Sethi reinstated as PCB chairman by Islamabad High Court. Maybe there's still a slim chance for this series.

  • Rubic on November 4, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    So, my only interest with Pak cricket is to be a CHAIRMAN...No chairman..no care..Mr. Sethi..way to go...

  • CricketChat on November 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    This is one reason why I think ICC should take charge of PCB temporarily. They can employ former greats on a short time basis until a gradual turn over to Pak authorities. At the very least, they can have a team working as supervisors over PCB. Can't destroy the entertainment and livelihood of top cricketers.

  • on November 6, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers are the biggest entertainers in the world of cricket; they are wild and untamed and all of them comes with their own unique style.

    Pakistan cricket must be saved and talent should be picked up at school level and sent to Australia as future entertainers.

    Pak Cricket death should be stopped as we need them for entertainment more than any other cricketing country. They are pure and very animated and face expression are so genuine that even non cricketing country love to watch Pakistan in any cricket competition. They have fans all over the world as they are also going through crises and that has to be stabilized by ICC. It is ICC job to start cricket in Pakistan so next generation keep interest

  • chechong0114 on November 5, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    This crisis that is currently facing Pakistan cricket must be dealth with as a matter of urgency and must be fixed immediately, Pakistan cricket is way to vital and important to the life of the game of cricket as a whole and this situation should not be treated as anything less. Pakistan cricket must continue to thrive and prosper they are too valuable an entity and I am personally making an appeal to the ICC to step in a help resolve this issue ASAP.

  • on November 5, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Imran Tahir is a favourite of Abdul Qadir. The old master loves this protégé. I don't think its right to dismiss Tahir so easily. True Pakistan has better spinners than him, which is why he immigrated to spin-poor SA. His beautiful South African wife is the second reason.

  • indianzen on November 5, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    There is no board now. Was there a good one earlier ? Board making and art of management - Every board will have to learn from BCCI. Now start crying against it...

  • Fijicricket on November 5, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    @Malik77 on (November 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT- Winning in INDIA on flat tracks has no value according to all Pakistan fans. Doesnt your own rules apply to you? Anyway the Pakistan India series were "friendlies" meaningless tour. Didnt you see Ashwin and Capt Dhoni smiling away making 2 runs per over when the required runrate was 7?-Make your won conclusions! Pls check the ICC rankings for todays standings

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on November 4, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    CSA can arange a tri-series involving ZIMBAWE n BAGLADESH . So that they can prepare properly for high profile india series where where cricket world can see a INDIAWASH in oneday format .

  • Yasir1983 on November 4, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Shamed on you Najam sethi.

  • CharlesCrasto on November 4, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Najam Sethi reinstated as PCB chairman by Islamabad High Court. Maybe there's still a slim chance for this series.

  • Rubic on November 4, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    So, my only interest with Pak cricket is to be a CHAIRMAN...No chairman..no care..Mr. Sethi..way to go...

  • CricketChat on November 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    This is one reason why I think ICC should take charge of PCB temporarily. They can employ former greats on a short time basis until a gradual turn over to Pak authorities. At the very least, they can have a team working as supervisors over PCB. Can't destroy the entertainment and livelihood of top cricketers.

  • sandeep33 on November 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    its all because of haroon lorgat south africa loosing revenue..india taught a gud lesson to them as well..

  • on November 4, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Indian odi team is way better than most teams in india or abroad ( i say odi) . The ignorance is laughable when the stats are shown. Im talking the current period. If you go by the stats, then WI are the best odi team for the last 30 years (they have better stats than anyone). Do you think they are? lol with the stats based on 80s or 90s to be used now!

  • humi_cric on November 4, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @Fijicricket, India tour to SA is not too far, and hope you don't forget what our new guns (Irfan and Junaid) did to your strongest batting line in your own backyard, only MSD played well(all matches were low scoring, just think what was the reason). Though I have a huge respect for some indian batsman but supporters like you actually invite us to say something about them. By the way, Steyn, Philander and Morkel are very dangerous on those bouncy tracks, only Imran Tahir is the weak link in the bowling, as I still believe he is an ordinary leg spinner who got few wickets in spinner friendly conditions against our struggling batsman. Anyway, would be a good contest.

  • Malik77 on November 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @Fijicricket, oh so that is past. So what was the result of the last series Pakistan played in your own backyard less than a year ago. Or is that something you will consider as past as well.

  • Fijicricket on November 4, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    @Malik77 on (November 4, 2013, 9:59 GMT You live in the past world! Who cares Pakistan was better in 1973? Today Pakistan is just NO comparison. AND we are talking of today . Why do you think SAFRICA fans (likeAlbert Cambell formerly of Pakistan) wants easy matches against Spin Track bullies instead of the current WORLD CHAMPIONS on fire?Not rocket science

  • Malik77 on November 4, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @Fijicricket, I wonder which world you live in. In what way is India a better team than Pakistan; Team Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR W/L Ave RPO Inns HS LS Pakistan 1973-2013 801 429 347 8 17 1.23 30.02 4.73 800 385 43 India 1974-2013 838 421 375 6 36 1.12 32.42 4.95 828 418 54

  • CricIndia208 on November 4, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    SA are too scared to face India. They cannot.be dismissed for less than 100 scores unlike the comically inept Pakistan.

  • on November 4, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    There was no need for this tour anyway. How much more do you want to play SA in a year? Give the players some rest before the SL tour.

  • on November 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @Hisham Sarwar on (November 4, 2013, 5:19 GMT): there was no test planned. this was a short tour of 15 days with 3 odis and 1 or 2 t20s. so your self imagination about test results is not right. last 1 day series played in SA was won by SA 3-2 and last match was final.

  • on November 4, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    to all those who are thinking about batting collapse or poor pak batting, this tour was suppose to be 3 odis and 2 t20. there was no test. so no self imagination of you guys. even last series paksitan played there was 3-2 win for SA and last game was final.

  • biggyd on November 4, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    sympathy and condolence to great pakistan cricket fans. you are being dealt a harsh hand. good luck for the future even though it looks like nothing will change soon.

  • Albert_cambell on November 4, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    We would rather face pakistan at home than the Overrated indian team. Pakistani players are not flat track bullies like the Indian players.

  • on November 4, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    I think this is a perfect opportunity for BCB to make a move. May be we are not yet that bankable compared to other established cricketing nations, but in light of our recent ODI success and both teams having gap in their schedule, a short ODI series is still better than nothing, where CSA might get back a fraction of their loss over shortened India tour and BD will get a golden opportunity to play in tough overseas conditions esp after a moral boosting good show at home.

  • altre on November 4, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    i think Pakistan should play short series to s.a every time lyk 2 match test series and 3 odis etc ...the long series r nt helping Pakistan cze they relax after winning one match and then suddenely goes into a shell.......

  • Naseer on November 4, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    this is good news, because this series would have been overdose of Pak vs South Africa, instead if Pak is really keen on playing in the 15 days break they should invite Afghanistan, a much improved side and thirsty of International matches, in order to take one step ahead they need to be groomed through more international exposure.

  • on November 4, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    I am happy for the SAKE for expected results. One feels good that the tour is not finalized. With current batting chaos and inability to cope with quality fast bowling on healthy cricket strips, I seriously doubt if the TEST matches results would be different from last SA tour. It is high-time to stay back and focus on LANKANS tour (in UAE) and probably spend some time, resources on batting line up because what we have right now (with exception of Misbah) is probably the worst batting lineup in decades and it is a fact.

  • atta-ul-hai on November 4, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Now Thats dissappointing! it can b a gd short tour, but Alas! PCB should sort out its crises soon otherwise it can b more worse.

  • LahorePak on November 4, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Sethi is just pressuring the HIgh court, Everything is being handled good by Secretary of Cricket Board, He was appointed to carry out the Elections, but instead he started promoting him self.

  • on November 3, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Although i would love Pak to Play in SA at any given time but this 15 Day break is much needed between extensively long Pak-SA & Pak-SL Series, Else their could be fear of Fatigue, stress or injury.

    As for those bashing PCB for Mismanagement, Its true things were mismanged but isn't this india in the first place who scrapped a REAL-time Planned FTP in the first place, just for a personal grude with One guy. THAT is a REAL Loss in the first place.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on November 3, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Come on Najam Sethi saab who are you kidding that $1.5million would have gone into the pockets of the PCB elite. Besides this would have been a good tour but I think it is best we rest our players for the SL series as we will need a fresh rested squad for that series. And to be honest I think the courts interfering in the long term might be good as we might see some transparency in the PCB.

  • on November 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Why not invite Ireland? They are showing signs of being a great side. This tour may help in them in further improving their cricketing skills.

  • kc69 on November 3, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    On one hand CSA does everthing to get India to tour SA and seems like no one cares about PCB and their problems.

  • on November 3, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    they are just playing with words . poor management really. court has directed boards sec. to look after day to day business. interim chairman was appointed in june and its been 4 months but no move towards election. and just delaying things and ultimately it is suffering cricket and fans. in todays interview he said that even for t20 there is no selection comittee to select.

  • on November 3, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    seem like not a good idea. players are on field for last 2 months and the are going into srilanka series after this SA series. that 15 days rest would be great for players and apprehension of injuries in SA conditions

  • roook on November 3, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Who is running the PCB this is serious and we are making mess and embarrassment out of it

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Zimbabwe and Bangladesh against South Africa will not be a profitable series. It even might cost CSA more than they will earn from the series.

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Yeah get Zimbabwe in quickly!

  • mzm149 on November 3, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Oh come on PCB!! Don't spoil a good chance due to your mismanagement once again. We want South Africa tour to take place.

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    for me was a very good idea to play a tour against south africa

  • on November 3, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Salam to Cricinfo Staff,

    it is not the series for pakistan tour SA because pakistan cricket boards is not stroang becuse its crises, in the other hand CSA is better than Pakistan, CSA said first india tour SA (5 dec started) than we are going to other series, i am like to said that CSA like to play with Pakistan in SA grounds.

    Jamal Wahid (SA Fan since 1992 World cup)

  • EngineerKhan on November 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Sethi trying to show he is the cheif PCB looking for. Rubbish from him

  • balajik1968 on November 3, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Sad. I hope there is light at the end of the tunnel for Pakistan cricket.

  • on November 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    The PCB politics, victims are always the team and the fans. Would have been a cracking tour, disappointed to read this.

  • on November 3, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    how about trying zimbabwe or bangladesh

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  • on November 3, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    how about trying zimbabwe or bangladesh

  • on November 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    The PCB politics, victims are always the team and the fans. Would have been a cracking tour, disappointed to read this.

  • balajik1968 on November 3, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Sad. I hope there is light at the end of the tunnel for Pakistan cricket.

  • EngineerKhan on November 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Sethi trying to show he is the cheif PCB looking for. Rubbish from him

  • on November 3, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Salam to Cricinfo Staff,

    it is not the series for pakistan tour SA because pakistan cricket boards is not stroang becuse its crises, in the other hand CSA is better than Pakistan, CSA said first india tour SA (5 dec started) than we are going to other series, i am like to said that CSA like to play with Pakistan in SA grounds.

    Jamal Wahid (SA Fan since 1992 World cup)

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    for me was a very good idea to play a tour against south africa

  • mzm149 on November 3, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Oh come on PCB!! Don't spoil a good chance due to your mismanagement once again. We want South Africa tour to take place.

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Yeah get Zimbabwe in quickly!

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Zimbabwe and Bangladesh against South Africa will not be a profitable series. It even might cost CSA more than they will earn from the series.

  • roook on November 3, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Who is running the PCB this is serious and we are making mess and embarrassment out of it