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AFP
April 1, 2020

SA sets deadlines for tours

Sports

AFP
April 1, 2020

JOHANNESBURG: The South African team will require six weeks of preparation before embarking on any tours, Cricket South Africa’s acting director of cricket, Graeme Smith, said on Tuesday.

With South Africa in official lockdown until April 16 because of Covid-19, Smith said in a video media conference that the players needed to take responsibility for maintaining their fitness while at home but would also need to work on cricket skills as a group before touring. South Africa are due to tour Sri Lanka in early June for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals. Smith’s timetable would appear to make the tour unlikely to happen. It would mean a lifting of travel bans as well as the current lockdown ending as scheduled for the tour to take place.

South Africa’s next engagement is a Test and T20 tour of the West Indies, scheduled to start on July 15, which would require a return to normal activity in South Africa by the end of May.