The International Cricket Board is responsible for the sport worldwide and they must take the blame that South Africa feels compelled to force its Protees back from Australia by not playing in the ODI series next January, the players’ association said on Wednesday .
Cricket South Africa announced on Wednesday that they have lost the three-match ODI series – and therefore potentially important World Cup qualifying points – which were to be played in Australia between 12 and 17 January. The reason for this is that they are launching their new T20 Franchise League and want all of their Proteas players to be available.
This was stated by the Director General of the South African Cricketers Association Andrew Britske. Citizen that while the players are “disappointed and upset” both about missing out on the ODI in Australia and about not being able to automatically qualify for the World Championship, the blame should be placed on the ICC.
Proteus at present eleventh in the Super Leaguewith the top eight qualifying directly for the World Championships, while the rest compete in a qualifying tournament.
With no points against Australia, South Africa has eight ODIs left to qualify – three against England in South Africa early next year, three in India and two rescheduled matches against the Netherlands.
“CSA have contacted us and the players are clearly disappointed and frustrated,” Britzke said. “This is not an ideal situation, but it was inevitable due to the fact that the ICC was unable to demonstrate leadership in the bilateral series.
“For cricket in South Africa to be sustainable, bilateral series don’t do that. Every country [outside the Big Three] feels the same pain and T20 leagues is how they survive. The CSA’s decision is not surprising, it’s about game support.
“Fika [the international players’ associations body] for the last five years there has been talk that the ICC needs to provide a good mix of bilateral cricket and T20 leagues, but nothing has been done.
“We are very angry, to be honest. This decision is a canary in a gold mine, but don’t blame the CSA, blame the ICC. They should create windows, but they did nothing, and international cricket is in a bad state, ”Britske was outraged.
Busy Summer Proteus
Be that as it may, Proteev is in for an extremely busy summer.
Their tour of England only ends on 12 September and their three ODIs as well as the T20 in India are believed to be in October before they travel to Australia for the T20 World Championship from 16 October to 13 November.
Their test tour of Australia then begins with the first leg on December 17 in Brisbane. This streak ends on January 8th, but they won’t be resting because the CSA is tying the success of their new T20 league in January to their participation.
Three ODIs against England are also scheduled for January. It now looks more and more likely that South Africa will also have to play in the World Cup qualifiers in June/July.