Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 October 23, 2012

South Africa reject Pakistan's request for schedule change


Cricket South Africa (CSA) has turned down the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) request to alter the dates of Pakistan's tour to South Africa starting February 2013 citing busy international schedule as the reason. The PCB had requested the change to expand the current 12-day window for its proposed Twenty20 league that follows the South Africa tour in March.

"We wanted to expand our window (for the T20 league), but they (CSA) didn't agree so we decided to continue as per the Future Tours Programme," Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, told ESPNcricinfo. "CSA told the PCB that they had already announced and sold tickets and it was not possible to make any change."

Pakistan are set to launch their T20 premier league in March and were hoping to have a bigger window while avoiding a clash with the 2013 season of IPL that starts from April 3. They are scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s between February 1 and March 24, 2013 and wanted the dates to be advanced. However, South Africa will be busy hosting New Zealand in December and January.

"They (PCB) asked us to move the tour earlier but it was just not possible because of our schedule," Jacques Faul, the acting CSA chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo. "We always try to accommodate other countries but we can't always manage. The program is very busy these days. We also play our domestic competitions while tours are ongoing."

Meanwhile, the PCB is expediting the staging of the inaugural T20 premier league. One of the purposes of the league is to take steps towards the revival of international cricket in Pakistan by inviting overseas players to participate. The confidence has increased after the success of the matches played between International XI and Pakistan All Star XI in Karachi recently that saw international players for the first time in Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent and Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • zaf on October 25, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Matches b/w PAK & SA will be great event for cricket lovers. SA is great & #1 team in Cricket ranking. PCB should open eyes and send a solid team who can plays well on SA grounds. Please don't include junk players like; Shoail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Mohd. Sami, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul anymore in the team. The team should be as; Imran Nazir, M. Hafeez, Shahzeb Hasan, Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Nasir Jamshed, K. Akmal, S. Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Shahid Afridi, A. Razzak, Tabish Khan, Mir Humza, Anwar Ali, U. Akmal

  • sumit on October 25, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @wickyroy....dont worry.....we have enough young talents to beat your side anyday

  • Wicky on October 24, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    @g.narisma,@sumit420,wel i hav never undrstood why indian fans always gloat ovr their board's monetry strength?would u plz explain has it anything to do with team's perfrmance or its sucess?frankly speaking bcci havn't done worthmentioning to unveil the young talent,they hav at best introduced "ipl","cl" which have provd countrproductive to indian crickt's health.

  • Arif on October 24, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Duplicates or Imitations do not hold any value or the aura of original. Hyundai might come up with new models and new features but Toyota came first and established a name and reputation with cannot be dented now even if Hyundai made similar quality or even better quality cars. The reason ..Toyota was mater, pioneer and original and the first to make super quality cars. In a similar manner IPL came first, was innovator and is original private T20 league. All BPLs, SLPLS. PPLS. and XYXpLs will always be compared with IPL as baseline and that standard is huge to match because of immense sponsorship's available.If BCCI had asked CSA to accommodate would they have refused?????

  • narsimha on October 24, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    WICKY ROY PAK LOVER - in DREAMS HAD IT BEEN INDS BCCI every body knows the the out come , be happy u only can think in this way , every bady have the right to think as he likes but what others thinks on is only metters.

  • sumit on October 24, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @wickyroy,,,ohh yes,,,,pcb is the richest cricketing board,,,i got it....lolz

  • Rahul on October 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @ Raheel Akhtar. I can smell fire some wher. By the way this substandard league most of the player if not all want to play. Talking abt league in emirates I bet no Indian will ever come as they earn far more than all other players. dude see wht happen to BD and SL league same thing will happen to PPL.

  • Wicky on October 24, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @g.narisma,well somwhere at higher level than india.lolz

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Bring it on PCB! Eagerly waiting to see local heroes competing against international heroes.

  • Don on October 24, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    The SLPL works because of the involvement of Indian companies and access Indian consumers. It's hard to see how Pakistan can make this league work since it will have neither of these things. The fact that Pakistan is cricket's second most populous nation is irrelevent. How can Pakistan's modest consumer market support a big T20 league all on it's own? Meanwhile, after just one season, the BPL is in serious trouble. The franchises still owe payments to a lot of the players, and changes are being made ahead of the league's second season. Would anyone be surprised if the new Pakistani league turns out like the BPL? Can't argue with CSA's decision. Why move mountains to accomodate for a league that probably won't work?

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