Pakistan news November 3, 2013

Pakistan's proposed tour to South Africa scrapped

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • dexter 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • ashok 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...

  • Sanjay 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

  • BIPUL KUMAR 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 .

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

    Shamed on you Najam sethi.

  • Charles 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.

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

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

  • Steve 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.

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