India and South Africa will play three T20 Internationals at the end of August if the situation arising out of the coronavirus pandemic improves significantly. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced in a press release on Thursday.
The series is scheduled to be conducted in late August, CSA’s acting chief executive Jacques Faul said. Faul also spoke positively about the discussions that are taking place to play against India but added that a lot of planning in that regard revolves around the lockdown & what the government of South Africa would and would not allow. That tour is scheduled for late August. “We had a very good discussion with the BCCI”, the CSA executive added.
“We are engaging through SASCOC with the Minister of Sports, Arts & Culture, Nahi Mthethwa. We are in process to get the permission of the government if needed to play behind closed doors & this will increase the possibility of India tour & other incoming tours. “We’re trying to be innovative because it is an important tour for us.
“A lot of good work is being done by Dr. Manjra who is leading our COVID-19 steering committee. We are taking guidance from him on a regular basis. A lot of work is being done in terms of scenario planning.” If BCCI agrees to this bilateral series then its possible that they will have CSA’s support if they want to organize the IPL in October-November window instead of the T20 World Cup.
CSA has initiated that the series will be subject to the clearances from the highest authorities in both India & South Africa. Faul said that they have already initiated the process of seeking permission from the South African Government. “We’re seeking via Sascoc an audience with the sports minister to be given approval to, if needed, play behind closed doors. This will relate specifically to the potential of an incoming Indian tour,” said Faul.
Let’s hope that the havoc of this deadly virus gets over soon from the world & the sporting events can resume behind closed doors without spectators if needed.