CSA refuses Bangladesh series

South Africa have declined a proposal from Bangladesh to play three ODIs and five Twenty20 matches in May. Cricket South Africa (CSA) met with the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) on Tuesday and they decided that the international schedule for 2012 would not allow for the series to take place.

“As much as we would like to help another cricket country, it is not going to be possible,” Jacques Faul, CSA’s acting chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo. “With the volume of cricket to be played this year, sometimes rest is more important.”

SACA had indicated on Monday that they would not support the idea of a series against Bangladesh because of the crowded calendar. On consultation with the medical and administrative staff of the national team, including team manager Mohammad Moosajee and coach Gary Kirsten, CSA felt the same way. “We agreed with SACA,” Faul said. “We have a big year ahead and our players are scattered over the IPL and county cricket, so we cannot play this series.”

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