South Africa Say No To Hosting Bangladesh
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have turned down a request from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to tour for a series of limited overs matches.
Following the postponement of Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan, they had approached South Africa with the intention of playing in May.
However, with many South Africans currently involved in either the Indian Premier League or English county cricket and the Proteas beginning their preparations for the tour of England later this year. CSA regretfully turned down the request.
As acting CSA Chief Executive Offiver Jacques Faul explained:
"Unfortunately there are too many practical obstacles that prevent us from accepting this commitment.
"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."
Since Bangladesh's impressive performance in the Asia Cup, they have seen Stuart Law announce his decision to resign as head coach, their tour of Pakistan postponed and now this latest setback.
Furthermore, a scheduled tour of Zimbabwe later this year is also in doubt due to issues with scheduling and pitch preparation in Zimbabwe.
© Cricket World 2012