The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has stopped all cricketing actions since last two month. As the sport is starting to see the daylight, cricketing bodies are considering playing bilateral series to recover some losses. While many boards have agreed to play against each other, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to commit on any tours post the COVID-19 period.
Meanwhile, there is no denying that every nation wants to play with the Indian cricket team considering the sort of revenue it brings. There are speculations going around that India have agreed to tour Sri Lanka and South Africa for bilateral series.
BCCI yet to commit on future bilateral series
But BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has categorically mentioned that they are not committing to any future series. Dhumal also added that they will consider the ICC events and the Future Tour Programs before accommodating any other series.
“The BCCI understands the situation and would like to help out other boards,” said treasurer Arun Dhumal to the New Indian Express. “But this has to be seen in light of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) and ICC events that are already planned. In between, if we can accommodate others, we will give it a thought. At the moment, there is no clarity even about the T20 World Cup. So what can we say about requests from other countries? It will all depend on the situation,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka series is the part of the Future Tour Programs. However, South Africa had approached the BCCI for a bilateral series before the outbreak for a bilateral series. Meanwhile, a short series against Zimbabwe has also been talked about but keeping in mind the quarantine norms, Arun Dhumal isn’t sure if the Zimbabwe assignment can be done.