West Indies' plans to play South Africa in either a test series or a T20 series in September have been dashed following an announcement by South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith that the tour has been postponed indefinitely.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO, Johnny Grave, recently said they were looking at September to host South Africa for either five T20s or two test matches, but there is a slim gap between the CPL, that ends on September 10 in Trinidad, and the IPL, which is set to start on September 19 in the UAE.
However, Smith has said their players will be needed at the IPL, which ended the possibilities of the bilateral series happening soon.
He added that they are struggling to find a time with the IPL, being fitted in, to tour the Caribbean.
The former South Africa captain Smith pointed out that the players are going to be needed from the beginning of September, government-permitting, and travel permitting which also rules out there tour to Sri Lanka.
Even though COVID-19 cases aren't as high in Sri Lanka and the West Indies compared to other parts of the world, the rising threat in South Africa has shut their international borders.