After the Novel Corona Virus hit the sports world in March, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is working day and night to get team India on the field as soon as possible. The Apex Cricket body has already announced the venue for hosting the training camp of players and it’s expected that the players will start training at renovated ‘Motera’ stadium in a few days.
In its meeting last Friday, BCCI also announced the tentative dates for its premier League tournament – IPL, which was will replace the proposed World T20 2020 in September -October. The 13th edition of the tournament was earlier postponed from 29th March amid the CoViD -19 outbreak. The marquee tournament will now be played from September 19 to November 8 in the UAE – subjected to government clearance.
After the meeting in last Friday, it was also expected that the away series in Australia might be team India’s first international assignment after the CoViD-19 break. But, in a welcome news for the fans, a latest report, in Mumbai Mirror, has suggested that team India might play a short home three match T20 series against Proteas right before the IPL. Though the series is not a part of future tour programs (FTP) but the series will fulfil the financial purpose of both the boards as BCCI and Cricket South Africa have a few common stakeholders.
If this happens, the players will also get a little game–time in home conditions before a Mega-tournament like IPL. It would be interesting to see, whether the franchises agree or not on releasing the players just prior to the tournament. However, the BCCI has made its mind to field the players and is likely to go ahead with the T20 series against South Africa.