Player workload forces South Africa to skip Pakistan tour in March

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"This has purely been done because of the heavy workload and worldwide schedule our players are facing in the immediate future", commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul.

The focus point of the campaign will be the T20 worldwide match between the Proteas and Australia to be played in Durban on March 22 when both teams will wear black outfits in line with the overall theme.

The Proteas will not tour Pakistan for a three-match Twenty20 worldwide series next month to manage the workload of their players, the host nation's cricket board (PCB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Friday.

South Africa has has cifatigue oad as the reason for not playing three Twenty20s in Pakistan next month.

South Africa, who are also touring India for three ODIs, were looking to visit Pakistan for three T20Is after the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on March 22 and before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on March 29. Rawalpindi had been suggested as the venue for the three T20Is.

The tour of India will complete a busy worldwide programme for South Africa, which started with four Tests against England.

"CSA wishes to support the fight against this injustice and to use its voice to draw attention to the prevention of gender-based violence by hosting a marquee match for women's cricket, an event similar in nature to our Pink ODI and the Pink Sydney Test. We will now work together to find an appropriate window in the worldwide cricket calendar", concluded Faul. The tour will now take place "as soon as it is reasonably possible", Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed in a media release on Friday (February 14). "We're pleased CSA remains committed to rescheduling this short series as soon as practically possible".

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