Pakistan’s tour of South Africa might be interrupted as the World is not yet free of the Coronavirus. The tour was scheduled to take place in September. It has become the latest tour to get canceled amidst the Coronavirus.
Pakistan tour of South Africa might be postponed amidst the Coronavirus
Pakistan and South Africa were scheduled to play three qualifying ODIs for the World Cup that were to be followed by three T20Is ahead of the canceled T20 World Cup.
“South Africa as a host country has the authority to decide on the fate of the tour. Smith’s last week statement possibly says it all. If they are not ready to host cricket, visiting teams are not in a position to force them,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official, when contacted, said.
“The three-match series was supposed to be the first for Pakistan campaign to directly qualify for the 2023 World Cup. Obviously, we wanted to kickstart the campaign but now that looks almost impossible,” the PCB official added.
“Now Pakistan faces three-pronged challenges — to host Zimbabwe in November for a limited-overs series; organize remaining four matches of the Pakistan Super League; hold the entire domestic season in a bio-secure environment. The next three months will be spent in making the best arrangements for these commitments,” a PCB official said.
Coronavirus has smashed everything even if sports bodies/activities or economies and businesses. It has marked a full stop in front of all cricketing activities.
Cricketing scenarios have been paused and have been badly affected globally. The series, leagues, and tournaments got paused and still, there isn’t a major probability for kicking off.
It is to be noted despite the virus spreading fears, international cricket has been resumed as first, England and West Indies signed in a test match series and now, Pakistan vs England is going on behind closed doors.