South Africa have a big year of international cricket ahead of them but are their chances in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September going to be hampered by a lack of shorter-formats action.
The Proteas tour England and Australia either side of the major international tournament, but Cricket South Africa (CSA) have declined an invitation to play limited-overs and Twenty20 internationals in Bangladesh next month.
The decision not to take part and get more valuable limited-overs cricket under their belts was made as the request came too late, according to the South African Cricketers’ Association, as Bangladesh are looking for international matches after having to postpone a two-match tour of Pakistan due to security concerns.
In a year of the World Twenty20 there will be a number of nations around the world looking to get as much limited-overs cricket under their belt, but at least South Africa will benefit from three T20 games with England as part of their tour.
However, those games are not until just before the World Twenty20 and could leave South Africa short of real practice. CSA could be kicking themselves they had to turn down T20 practice with Bangladesh due to players committing themselves to “professional contracts abroad”.
“Unfortunately there are too many practical obstacles that prevent us from accepting this commitment,” CSA chief executive Jacques Faul said.
“At the moment most of our senior Proteas are spread around the world … and those who are at home are undergoing rehabilitation from injuries picked up during the past season.
The World Twenty20 takes place in September between 12 teams in Sri Lanka from September 18th to October 7th, before the tournament is expanded in Bangladesh 2014 to 16 teams in order to give more opportunities to non-Test playing nations.
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