South Africa tour in August 2020 is quite unlikely: quips a BCCI official

South Africa tour in August 2020 is quite unlikely: quips a BCCI official

South Africa tour in August 2020 is quite unlikely: quips a BCCI official (Pic Source: Twitter)

After Indian Government eased some restrictions in Lockdown 4.0, the dilemma over future of cricket continues to make the headlines. Just a day after announcing a tour of South Africa for three match T20I series in August 2020, a BCCI official has come up with a contrary opinion on the same.

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 on Sunday, the duo finalized the tour via teleconference.

However, the BCCI official is of the view that the players will need enough game time and practice before the international fixtures and tours. He also stressed the point that players haven’t played any kind of cricket since March and before stepping onto the ground they will need training for 50-60 days.

“See, this is not really possible. Fitness training is one thing and training with the bat and ball is a completely different thing. We have guys who haven’t touched a bat or ball in a training environment in the last 50-60 days. How do you expect them to go out and play international matches?

“Yes, they have been doing their best to keep their fitness level up to the mark set by our trainers, but batting and bowling sessions will be needed,” he said according to the quint.

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The BCCI official also made it clear that the board will honour all the bilateral commitments, whenever the time permits, but a series is August looks quite difficult. “Yes, like we have said before, the BCCI will honour all its bilateral commitments and if not currently, then as is suitable to both parties involved. But a series in South Africa in August is quite difficult,” the BCCI official further added.

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