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Thursday 13 August, 2020

South Africa's tour of West Indies postponed indefinitely

West Indies' captain Jason Holder, second right, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of England's Dom Sibley, left, during the third day of the deciding third cricket Test match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Michael Steele/Pool via AP).

West Indies' captain Jason Holder, second right, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of England's Dom Sibley, left, during the third day of the deciding third cricket Test match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Michael Steele/Pool via AP).

The West Indies will have to wait a little longer for their next international assignment, as their proposed home series against South Africa has been postponed indefinitely.

South Africa were scheduled to tour the Caribean and the series, comprising two Tests and five T20Is, was originally slated for July-August. However, Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith confirmed that the tight window between the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the series forced the decision to postpone the tour.

"West Indies has been postponed indefinitely. We are struggling to find a time with the IPL being fitted in," Smith said. "It looks like our players are going to be needed from the beginning of September, government-permitting, and travel permitting. Sri Lanka also [postponed]. I expect that once things get up and running, our team, on the men's side, I would say from November onwards, if all goes well, it will be a really busy period for South African cricket, probably playing in times that we haven't played before and trying to cram in a lot of the missed tours."

Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave had recently said they were hoping to host South Africa in September for either five T20Is or two Tests, but there is a slim gap between the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), that ends on September 10 in Trinidad, and the IPL, which is set to start on September 19 in the UAE.

 

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