The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa were planning to play a three-match T20I series this month. South Africa were looking to boost their finances bringing the world’s most favourite team. However, the three-match T20I series between India and South Africa seems unlikely to happen.
During May, Cricket South Africa has expressed their desire to host Virat Kohli & Co in their country for a small series. They felt it would boost their finances which thrives to face a massive loss in the coming cycle.
India unlikely to tour South Africa for T20I series
However, it looked difficult for Cricket South Africa to have India on their side with other major sides hoping to host the world’s most profitable team. But the bond between CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly could have made all the difference.
Meanwhile, as per a report in Cricbuzz, that the money, which was in the estimation of earnings from the series for the coming months, had been removed from the budget – a clear indication that the venture had become improbable.
Currently, the only confirmed series for India in the Future Tour Program is the three-match T20I series against Australia followed by the Test series in December. But with IPL running from September 19 to November 10; it also looks unlikely.
The 13th edition of the cash-rich league will take place in the UAE. The franchises will leave the country after August 20 and will remain in a bio-secure bubble throughout the competition. All the members engaged will undergo COVID-19 tests every six days as BCCI lays strong rules and regulations.
Mumbai Indian, who won their fourth title last year, will defend the IPL trophy. Meanwhile, BCCI is yet to come out with the entire schedule of the tournament.