SA Supremo Cools Bangladesh Tour Talk
Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief Tony Irish has poured cold water on Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) hopes of arranging a one-day Series against his country later this year.
The BCB wanted to play three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 internationals in May but, due to an already packed schedule for South Africa, SA Cricketers' Association (SACA) chief executive Irish says it is "unlikely" the matches will be given the green light.
A meeting had been planned this week where the SACA and CSA were due to decide on the possibility of the matches taking place but, because of a busy summer programme already agreed and the fact that the series will fall outside the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Future Tours Programme, Irish is not confident the tour will happen.
Should the tour go ahead, South Africa would be heavy favourites in the online betting markets given Bangladesh are bottom of the ICC rankings. They would.
However, see such a tour as the ideal chance to gain some positive performances to continue their development as a cricketing nation, even if the news sport headlines would focus on the inevitable South Africa victory.
He said: "Both CSA and SACA are required to agree to the series but, in my opinion, it is unlikely to go ahead."
"Because it is an addition to the Future Tours Programme, we think it will be very difficult to arrange such a series."
The Proteas already have play Zimbabwe in five practice T20 matches in June, then travel to England in July, where they will stay for two months, before they then head to the World T20 at the end of the summer.