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India And South Africa Can Play Three T20Is Before IPL In UAE – Report

India unlikely to tour South Africa (Credit: BCCI)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to organise a three-match Twenty20 International between India and South Africa. As per reports, the series is likely to get underway in the UAE ahead of IPL 2020.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that BCCI is planning to stage the cash-rich league from September 26 to November 8. However, broadcasters are unwilling to let go of the Diwali (November 14) weekend.

India to play three T20Is against South Africa ahead IPL

As a result, the Sourav Ganguly-led is discussing with Star to organise a series against South Africa during that period. The board is also looking at beginning the IPL on September 19 instead of September 26 to reduce evening matches, in line with STAR’s wishes.

Meanwhile, the broadcasters are also willing to telecast the series against India. It is likely to work as a catalyst for STAR, who are planning to grab the broadcasting rights of Cricket South Africa.

India South Africa T20I Series in UAE

Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock (Credit: BCCI)

Previously, reports suggested that India were planning to play three T20Is in May in South Africa. However, BCCI turned down due to worsening COVID-19 situations in the country. And now, both boards are planning to play a three-match T20I series ahead of IPL 2020.

On the other hand, with ICC postponing the T20 World Cup in Australia, BCCI has found a window to host IPL 2020. The apex body initially had to postpone the league for an indefinite period due to COVID-19.

IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that talks are going regarding host IPL 2020 in the UAE. As of now, they have sought a clearance from the Government to move the tournament outside India.

There has been a spike in the number of positive cases in India. This compelled the authorities to think of other options and UAE is suitable due to many reasons.

“It will take place in the UAE but first the board will seek permission from the Indian government to stage it there,” Patel told ESPNcricinfo.

“The dates have not been finalised as yet and will be decided at the (next) IPL GC, which will be held in the next seven or ten days,” he added.