India and South Africa can play three T20 Internationals at the end of August, provided the situation resulting from the coronovirus epidemic improves significantly, Cricket South Africa announced in a press release on Thursday. The fixtures are currently scheduled in late August, but CSA chief executive Jacques Fall said. Fowl also spoke positively about discussions to play against India, but also said that a lot of planning revolved around the lockdown and what the South African government would do and not allow. The tour is scheduled in late August.
“We had a very good discussion with him (BCCI),” the CSA executive said.
“We are mulling with the Minister (Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Methwa) via SASCOC. We are in the process of seeking an audience with the Minister to obtain permission if necessary to play behind closed doors And this will be related to the possibility.India tour and other upcoming visits.
“We are trying to be innovative because this is an important tour for us.
“For this, a lot of good work is being done by Dr. Manjara, who heads our COVID-19 Steering Committee. We continue to seek guidance from them. A lot of work is being done in terms of scenario planning.”
BCCI agreeing for this bilateral series would also mean that they would have CSA support if they wanted to host the IPL in the October-November window instead of the T20 World Cup.
Given the rapidly evolving situation, the CSA has reiterated that the series will be subject to approval from the highest officials of both India and South Africa.
Fowle said that he has already started the process to seek permission from the South African government. “We are demanding through an audience with the Sports Minister that if needed, the Sports Minister should be approved from behind closed doors.
This will be specifically related to the capacity of an upcoming Indian tour, ”said Fall.
The CSA also confirmed that the tour to India was not just what they were working on. “We are stuck with the West Indies Cricket Board over the tour and the FTP,” he said.
“We are trying to find opportunities for our (West Indies) tour on the England tour to see how we can fit that series, whether it is a neutral ground or wherever we are allowed to play . We have to see where we sit. Towards August and what are the restrictions on international cricket. “