After a complete lockdown of 2 months, Cricket is finally making the headlines by some bits of good news. With the restrictions easing in India, Cricket South Africa has wished to host India for a series of three T20I matches in August end, 2020. However, the viability of tour totally depends on the government regulations on both sides at the time of tour.
According to the reports, the tour was negotiated by CSA’s director of cricket Graeme Smith and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly during a CSA executive trip to India in February, and yesterday the duo finalized the tour via teleconference.
“We have been talking to them and the commitment is there to get the three T20s done. There is an element of guesswork, no-one knows what things will be like at the end of August. But we believe we are a socially-distanced sport and that we can play behind closed doors,” CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said.
BCCI and CSA, the two cricket are in very good terms with each other of late, With Sourav Ganguly and Graeme Smith at the helm, the relationships will only get better with time. The tour will also help South Africa recover from the financial losses they were forecasting ahead of the 2019-20 season. CSA had forecasted losses of R654 million (USD 36 million approx) over the next four-year cycle and the South African Cricketers Association put that figure at closer to R1 billion (USD 56 million approx).
As per the current FTP, The Proteas are to tour the West Indies in late July for two test matches and five Twenty20 internationals. However, it is not confirmed that in these prevailing conditions the tour will go ahead or not. Although, Smith has asserted that they are looking at all options available at that point of time including playing at neutral venues.
“We are exploring all options. Sport has to think like a business now and not just an events company. We need to get together and work out how to get cricket up and running. We are trying to understand things like quarantine regulations. There are so many things up in the air, but the key is to be ready (for when play returns),” Smith said.