CSA calls off Pakistan tour citing players' workload

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

DSport, a premium sports channel from Discovery India network, will broadcast the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) live for cricket fans in India.

Wasim, however, added that there will be logistical issues to sort out.

"The tour of South Africa is very much a waiting game now and by the end of the month we should have a clear position". Given this scenario, it wouldn't be practical for South Africa to go back home and then fly again to Pakistan in a short span of time. "He and the board of South Africa are very comfortable with touring", said Wasim Khan.

The PCB CEO further said that the plan is for New Zealand to play two Tests and three T20Is in Pakistan early next year. As South Africa end their tour to India of three ODIs on March 18, the PCB meant to make them stay in Dubai - with the PSL ending on March 22 - and then fly them directly to Islamabad for the three T20Is in Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, commenting on the inclusion of venues for holding worldwide cricket there, Wasim said the PCB wants all fans in Pakistan to access the game. We now have Rawalpindi as a venue available. "I have suggested Rawalpindi as a venue to South Africa and they are comfortable with the suggestion", he said.

"With 36 foreign cricketers involved in the six-team 32-day competition, broadcasters in their territories will be able to highlight their players' performances, which, in turn, will also showcase the passion and love for cricket in Pakistan". Their head of security is expected in Pakistan during the initial games of the HBL Pakistan Super League.

"The presence of global stars will ensure each and every match will offer high quality contest - a core proposition to engage cricket aficionados in the country". Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi was the real force behind starting the PSL in 2016 in the UAE and bringing its matches to Pakistan gradually.

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