PAK v SA 2021

Graeme Smith opens up about the clash between Pakistan series and IPL

Pakistan is scheduled to tour South Africa for three ODIs and four T20s in April. The tour was originally scheduled for last October but was postponed due to the COVID-19.

All matches to be played on the Highveld. The games will be split between the Wanderers in Johannesburg and SuperSport Park in Centurion, and will mark the end of a lean South African summer.

Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith, in an online interaction on Monday, opened up about the recently-announced white-ball tour by Pakistan, which is likely to provide another headache for CSA as it will probably clash with the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), expected to start in early April.

Several of South Africa’s star players, including Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Anrich Nortje, are committed to IPL teams as well as being contracted by CSA.

Smith said ideally he would like to see all South Africa’s best players available for the Pakistan series but he admitted, “It’s a little more complicated than that.”

“We have also made a commitment to release our players over the years to IPL. There’s always been a window that we have committed to as CSA and it’s been in the calendar. It’s something we need to robustly debate.”

He said CSA was waiting for the dates for the Indian Premier League to be finalised.

Currently, the IPL has yet to announce either the dates for this year’s tournament, or the venue, but it is likely to be held in India, starting around April 10 through to the first week of June.

He said internal discussions would take place in “coming days” after the South African team management returned from a tour of Pakistan which ended on Sunday.

Tour Schedule:

April 1: 1st ODI, SuperSport Park

April 4: 2nd ODI, Wanderers

April 7: 3rd ODI, SuperSport Park

April 10: 1st T20I, Wanderers

April 12: 2nd T20I, Wanderers

April 14: 3rd T20I, SuperSport Park

April 16: 4th T20I, SuperSport Park

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