South Africa optimistic about hosting India for T20I series in August
South Africa are keen on hosting India for three T20Is at the end of August despite the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic threatening to disrupt scheduling of the fixtures.
Cricket South Africa has already been forced to delay their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka and are thus eying the possibility of playing T20 encounters against India in order to raise much-needed revenue.
The current virus situation in both countries poses a horde of challenges before the series is finalised but the two cricket boards are engaged in discussions to chalk out the itinerary.
“We have been talking to them and the commitment is there to get the three T20s done,” CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said at a virtual press conference on Thursday.
“There is an element of guesswork, no-one knows what things will be like at the end of August.
“But we believe we are a socially-distanced sport and that we can play behind closed doors.”
South Africa's tour of India earlier this year was postponed midway through the series due to the escalation of the COVID-19 crisis. The first match of the three-game ODI series was abandoned in light of persistent rain while the remaining two clashes were called off on March 13.
The Proteas' trip to West Indies slated to take place in July is also likely to be impacted by the pandemic, though they are mulling over contingency plans including playing the two Tests and five T20Is at neutral venues.
“We are exploring all options. Sport has to think like a business now and not just an events company. We need to get together and work out how to get cricket up and running,” Smith said.
“We are trying to understand things like quarantine regulations. There are so many things up in the air, but the key is to be ready [for when play returns].”