PCB and CSA join forces for further series

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South Africa and Pakistan's cricket boards have further strengthened their ties by agreeing to play more series against each other, and the PCB saying they wanted to 'stand with CSA' in future.

South Africa and Pakistan's cricket boards have further strengthened their ties by agreeing to play more series against each other, and the PCB saying they wanted to 'stand with CSA' in future.

The Proteas are currently playing against Pakistan in the UAE, and once that is over, the Pakistanis will go to South Africa for more cricket in November. This was arranged at the last minute following India's tour being shortened.

PCB interim chairman Najam Sethi, who had met with CSA chief Haroon Lorgat, said: "[The] ideal thing would be for us is to play a series at home but unfortunately for various reasons that is not possible.

"It's important for our players at the national and Under-19 levels to play internationally and I am very keen to support that, so when the opportunity came along, although it's a tight time frame, it was time for us to stand with CSA.

"We don't end up making too much money but we don't lose anything and our boys get to play South Africa in South Africa, which is very exciting."

The PCB were also excited about the prospect of their players getting to compete in South Africa's domestic competitions, given they do not play in the IPL and rarely participate in County cricket.

Sethi added: "Our players will also play in South African domestic cricket and that will give them more cricket. I have talked to Lorgat, he has promised me to encourage our players to play in their local leagues.

"My concern is that our players should play in India in the IPL and in county cricket, we want to do that. If they let our players in the local leagues then it will give them good outing and good education."

For his part, Lorgat was pleased with the development, saying: "We are excited and happy with that great engagement with Pakistan and it's pretty obvious that it fills a gap that has risen out of a curtailed tour."

When asked if this would further sour relations with the BCCI, he added: "I don't see why it should, Pakistan was available and it's a bilateral arrangement between the two and we are simply delighted that we can get Pakistan to South Africa."

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