South Africa news April 23, 2012

SACA unlikely to agree to Bangladesh series


The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) has said it is "unlikely" they will agree to Bangladesh's proposal to play three ODIs and five Twenty20s in May. SACA will meet with Cricket South Africa on Tuesday to discuss the Bangladesh Cricket Board's offer but association chief executive Tony Irish told ESPNcricinfo it is doubtful they will rubber-stamp the fixtures.

Should they withhold permission, the tour cannot take place, as Irish explained. "Because this will fall outside the Future Tours Programme, it needs the permission of SACA to take place," Irish said. "And what I can say at the moment is that it is unlikely we will go through with it."

Irish said the main reason for SACA's hesitancy is the packed schedule facing the national team. Most South Africa players are currently involved in the IPL or in county cricket, with the notable exceptions being Graeme Smith, who is recovering from ankle injury and Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Mark Boucher, who did not secure IPL deals.

Bangladesh's proposal to play the matches in May will leave South Africa without some of their players who are occupied in either India or England and could result in avoidable fatigue in a busy year. South Africa will play Zimbabwe in five practice Twenty20 matches in June, will then travel to England for over two months from July from where they will head to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. They also visit Australia in October-November and host New Zealand in December.

Jacques Faul, CSA acting chief executive, said timing would be the biggest consideration when the relevant stakeholders meet to make a decision. "We always want to play cricket and foster cricket but we've got to be careful with how much preparation and how much rest we give our team," Faul said. "It is quite important how we pace the team."

Irish's comments indicated that it was in the best interest of the players not to include an extra tour, as it may result in overload. "With the way the international season is scheduled, it is quite difficult to fit other matches in, unless they are on special request from the team," Irish said. The five matches in Zimbabwe are an example of this, with the fixtures taking place after national coach Gary Kirsten asked for more T20s before the World Twenty20.

Zimbabwe have made special arrangements to accommodate South Africa's request for the practice matches. They moved the dates for maintenance work on the pitches in Harare and Bulawayo from June to July, which also resulted in them having to postpone their scheduled tour against Bangladesh to later in the year.

This has left Bangladesh with no international cricket before the World Twenty20 and motivated them to seek fixtures from South Africa. Bangladesh have also mooted the idea of a tri-series between themselves, South Africa and Zimbabwe although that also appears unlikely to happen.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • muhammad on April 24, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Pakistan is not yet ready for international cricket, let the security plan come back from the ICC. Pak fans your negetive comments about Bangladesh will not change the fact on the ground.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @ Banglalink...your's was the best comment and best solution! Suggest it to CASA. I'm sure all cricket lovers will enjoy a tournament as you suggested, and I would not think SA will take Bangladesh lightly. They are a good team who play with passion, and that is always a pleasure to watch! Hope Bangladesh get the practice they feel they need.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Well firstly i need to mention that by beating Srilanka and India in Asia cup and giving tough time to Pakistan doesn't make Bangladesh world beaters they are long way back i make a bet in any next series with any team you name it Bangladesh will be same old team link 78 for 8 and ending up 108 in total and even if they give competition it will not be more than 200 so please first see what you are doing getting in to Asia cup final and BPL doesn't make you champions its a long way story which other teams are doing for so long i am just waiting for another series with any team and we all will see your performance.

    And other than that Southafrica not playing with you its not a surprise this is what they should do if there year is pack with schedule then in this tight schedule they should play with some competitive team before World cup T20 it would be good practice as we want to SouthAfrica in semifinals or finals other than Bangladesh to see some good cricket and competition.

  • Enamul on April 24, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    WickyRoy.paklover @ My prayer is FIXED to these lines" I wish it would be a scandal free tournament for all pak lovers" U must get to understand why I am praying so passionately, mate !

  • Sammy on April 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Folks commnenting on sending a SA 'B' team...well, that's not going to happen!! They are busy playing for England!! I bet a 'C' team will be just as hot to handle for Bangladesh as South Africa's 'A' or 'B' teams!!

  • Abdul on April 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    "tit for tat" i think the saying has proved right.

  • Wicky on April 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @NajeebHuda.thanks 4 showng ur concern,inshallah vry soon bt ur bd team z not going to play against top rankd sides like pak and othr sides in d near futur,dn,t wry ur team wil b first one to go out of t20 wc(among ten test teams)

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    MAY is not the time to play circket in BD..too hot and rainy unpredictable weather..also same goes to S. Afr..cold n Rainy Winter so gud decision in the end..and @ anandadhara: ur right..Tigers is da best in ODI now..but dnt assume on 4 games of Asia cup..dnt forget wat happened in 2011 bro so slowly..hav sum patience and sum cricketing sense okay..dnt judge everything emotionally..BD shud play Ireland and afghanistan for T20 WC practice..

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Pak fans: Instead of welcoming news like this, you should think when, if ever, international teams will visit Pakistan.

  • V.L on April 23, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    @Johan Venter Funny that you are comparing working from your office cubicle to playing professional cricket in scorching heat, millions of fans watching and immense pressure! Very poor comparison amigo, very poor indeed!

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