SA to postpone Pakistan tour over player workload

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The Proteas, who are currently playing England in a three-match T20I series at home, next host Australia in three T20s and as many ODIs before travelling to India for three ODIs between March 12-18

South Africa will not tour Pakistan for a three-match Twenty20 international series next month to manage the workload of their players, the host nation’s cricket board (PCB) said Friday.

The Proteas, who are currently playing England in a three-match T20I series at home, next host Australia in three T20s and as many ODIs before travelling to India for three ODIs between March 12-18.

CSA was due to send a security delegation to Pakistan next month to assess arrangements ahead of the tour, cricket website ESPNcricinfo reported.

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Pakistan successfully hosted two tests against Sri Lanka in December – their first at home since a militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009 that left six security personnel and two civilians dead and six players hurt.

The country then hosted Bangladesh in a three-match T20I series last month and won the opening Test against the same opponent in Rawalpindi Monday. 

The second and final Test begins on April 5 following an ODI.