Pakistan tour plugs SA cricket gap

2013-11-05 14:21

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Pakistan have come to the rescue of Cricket South Africa (CSA) and have scheduled a whistle-stop limited overs tour that will start on November 20.

The tour will plug the gap left by the truncated Indian inbound tour, which was shortened from three tests, seven ODIs and two T20s to two test matches and three ODIs.

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the tour wouldn’t necessarily help them break even, but would ensure that all the major centres get cricket.

That means Bloemfontein and East London will not get any international cricket.

The Pakistan tour will consist of three ODIs and two T20s.

Newlands, who will miss out on the test series, will get a T20 and an ODI on November 22 and 24, respectively.

“We have a limited period and the teams have to fly to the major centres. You lose days and time if you have to fly to the smaller centres,” Lorgat said.

“I don’t want to say break even and I don’t want to make a prediction on the revenue. Let’s see how the games go but losing fixtures against India is always detrimental.”

Lorgat refused to comment on issues regarding the Indian tour on the basis of the pending investigation regarding the David Becker statements but said the Pakistan Cricket Board got the go-ahead for the tour despite having their own legal troubles.

“They had court intervention and didn’t have authority at some stage. We had to be patient and we could have announced the tour last week because they had their own issues,” Lorgat said.

“It wasn’t an easy process but it was because the court gave them status quo and the board that was in place had the authority to sign off.”

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