Pakistan in South Africa 2013-14 November 8, 2013

PCB and CSA to increase ties

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The PCB and CSA have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding that will increase cricketing ties between the two countries. Pakistan will tour South Africa later this month, filling a void left by India's truncated visit, and the boards have now signalled their intention to cooperate further after a meeting between Najam Sethi, the interim PCB chairman, and the CSA chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, in Abu Dhabi.

The arrangement could see more Pakistani players taking part in South Africa's domestic competitions. Sethi said that it was time for the PCB "to stand with CSA", while Lorgat welcomed Pakistan's decision to come to South Africa for three ODIs and two T20s in November, following the ongoing meeting between the two teams in the UAE.

"[The] ideal thing would be for us is to play a series at home but unfortunately for various reasons that is not possible," 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."

Pakistan have already toured South Africa once this year and their players could gain further experience of the conditions by turning out for the franchises. Sohail Tanvir has been a successful recruit for the Lions over the past two seasons and his international team-mates may now follow in his footsteps.

Pakistan has not hosted a series since terrorist attacks on a Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, limiting the team's game time, although they have been successful playing in the Emirates. Pakistan players have also been excluded from the IPL in that period, after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, but Sethi expressed a hope that this situation may be reversed.

"Our players will also play in South African domestic cricket and that will give them more cricket," he said. "I have talked to 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."

The visit of Pakistan was hastily arranged after India cut their South Africa tour to two Tests and three ODIs. Such was CSA's desire to arrange the fixtures, it is prepared to make a financial loss. Lorgat has been a supporter of cricket in Pakistan, travelling there as a consultant to the proposed Pakistan Super League after finishing his tenure as ICC chief executive last year. He denied, however, that a tightening of relations between the two countries would stoke the ire of the BCCI.

"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. Asked whether the Indian board would be unhappy with the arrangement, he replied: "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."

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  • dummy4fb on November 12, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    good decision and looking forward to it... playing with players like Dale Steyn Morkel Philander Kallis G Smith H Amla and super talented AB Devilliers is great opportunity for our players.... Thanks SA and good decision PCB

  • Taha_Farrukh on November 11, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    we will totally support SA in every phase of Cricket, as a Pakistani i would love to see Pakistan in Southafrica and Southafrica play in Pakistan....very soon

  • dummy4fb on November 11, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    it is need of the time to develope such a strong block....pakistan hs to support africa it will also help paksiat n

  • hussain.r97 on November 11, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Will Pakistani players be allowed to only play T20 Cricket in South African Leagues or will this mean Pakistani players will play First Class and List A Cricket in South Africa? If this is the case, this will be a huge boost to Pakistan Cricket, especially for the Batsmen, who will be able to play and experience in more testing conditions...

  • asiacricket1234 on November 11, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    Aah... It seems the common enemy brought these two teams together lol. This is a great decision from Pakistan's point of view. Their team is deteriorating. Playing in SA will help them to get back their touch again but not sure how this going to help SA.

  • British_North_America on November 10, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Tie with Pakistan after collision with India? Sounds interesting

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 10, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    We welcome PAK players to our league. Fundamentally talented players just lack the opportunity to bat on more testing tracks to improve their techniques.

    Also PAK bowlers (fast bowlers) will relish the opportunity to bowl on our tracks and get real rewards.

  • likeintcricket on November 10, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Dravid used a term"Technically Deficient" for some West Indian lower order players. I think that is the right word for some of the upper order Pakistani players. Over the years the quality Pakistani domestic structure has deteriorated so much that they cannot expect 11 quality players to come out of it specially the batsman. They need to identify 20-25 talented youngsters and send them to countries like SA, Australia and England to play at least 2-3 years of competitive cricket before drafting them in the main team. They have to follow SriLankans example of selecting few youngster and working on them.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on November 9, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    This is a good step by the PCB. We should send our u-19 teams and a-teams their regularly. The likes of Maqsood, Shehzad, Akmal etc should be sent to play domestic cricket there to gain exposure and experience.

  • t20cric on November 9, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    This is a great step forward for Pakistan. What Pakistan should do is make players who have performed consistently well in Pakistani domestic circuit play in the SA domestic teams to adapt in those conditions. If a player shows consistency there for a good portion of a year then they should be moved in to the A-team to do tours for a few months and then be go into the international stage. This way Pakistan will have new players on their team who have already played in SA(where Pak players fail badly) which would mean that the batsmen will have good technique and bowlers will be good as well. Players who are in the international team but out of form can play in SA domestic tournaments to get back in form(if they fail then send back to Pak domestic tournament) and then return to the team. Pakistan can also possibly hold their PSL tournament SA or UAE(preferably SA) so that their players get international exposure. Pakistan should also try to get SA to tour Pak so that int. cric returns.

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