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CSA turns down BCB tour

2012-04-25 09:08

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has declined with regret the invitation from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play a series of One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International matches next month.

“Unfortunately there are too many practical obstacles that prevent us from accepting this commitment,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul.

 “At the moment most of our senior Proteas are spread around the world in England and India and those who are at home are undergoing rehabilitation from injuries picked up during the past season.

“We also have to bear in mind that the Proteas’ Castle Lager squad has a hectic schedule ahead of it with very important tours to England and Australia with the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka sandwiched in between.

“We have always enjoyed our contests with Bangladesh and we look forward to playing them again in the future. They have been playing very good cricket of late, including reaching the final of the recent Asia Cup competition.”

South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) CEO Tony Irish commented: “Unfortunately this request has come through very late in the day by which stage most of the senior players had committed themselves to professional contracts abroad and it would be unfair to ask them to renege on them.

“The Proteas’ team management and players have also put their plans in place in the build-up to their tour of England and it would be impossible to change them at this stage. It is going to be a very tough tour and we will need a fully fresh and fit squad for this engagement.”

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Comments
  • Jacques - 2012-04-25 10:38

    Wonder what they would have said if India invited us... Something along the lines of 'ok, let's make it a 2 test, 3 odi and t20 series spaced out over a 3 and a half week period and oh ja, no DRS, of course.'. Sorry Bangladesh. No bonus-scandal type money there, so no tour.

  • Andile - 2012-04-25 11:01

    If Gerald Majola was still CEO, he would have taken this risk with open hands and POCKETS lol. But on a more serious note it was going to disadvantage the proteas on their quest for the number 1 rankings. And as much as players are professional athletes, fatigue was going to work against the Proteas come the International T20 competition. Better luck next time Bengal Tigers.

  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-25 13:43

    To decline an invitation to tour a month before the tour only means that the invitaion was given at a VERY VERY late stage, I cannot fault the CSA for declining. Such an invitation should be made at least a year before the start of a tour.

  • Karon - 2012-04-26 07:52

    Play the SA A side

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