Cricket News: India may tour South Africa in August for a Three Match T20 International Series

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India vs South Africa t20 series 2020 schedule news – All the cricket activities have been shut down due to COVID 19 outbreak and still, there is no news of any resumption of the game yet.  However,  there is a possibility of India touring South Africa for a three-match T20 International series in August later this year. Cricket South Africa wants to resume cricket in their country, so they are likely to invite India to play a three-match series of the shortest format in the last week of August 2020. Their plan is to play this series behind closed doors. Sanitized accommodation and all other precautions would be taken.

india vs south africa t20 series 2020 schedule news

BCCI’s president Sourav Ganguly has the backing of Cricket South Africa’s director Graeme Smith. Smith reportedly wants Dada to become the future President of the International Cricket Council. Cricket South Africa’s acting chief executive Jacques Faul has said that the CSA had a teleconference with India and they have been encouraged by the willingness of India to play the three-match T20 International series in August.

India vs South Africa t20 series 2020 schedule news

This conversation between the two nations started during the pre lockdown period in February and March. CSA’s director Graeme Smith and Jacques Faul had travelled to India and met the BCCI officials and the president Sourav Ganguly.

There has been a great cricket rivalry between Ganguly and Smith as they have played against each other in 8 test matches and 5 one day international matches from September 2002 to April 2008. Saurav played his last international match for India in the year 2008, while Smith played his last match for South Africa in 2014.

India vs South Africa t20 series 2020 schedule news

Sourav and Smith both share mutual respect and admiration for each other and that is the reason why Smith wants Ganguly to be the next president of the International Cricket Council. Smith said that in Sports leadership is very important. Ganguly is the one who will understand the modern game and the challenges. If he becomes the president then that will be great for the game of cricket. Ganguly has played the game and he is respected by everyone in this world. Ganguly’s leadership qualities will be the key to going forward.

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Post-COVID 19, Smith wants a strong leader like Ganguly because he has the skills and more than anything else, he is the person who will take the game forward which is the need for ICC right now. With elections coming up, Smith wants Sourav who has the right leadership credentials to be in the right place.

India vs South Africa t20 series 2020 schedule news

Jacques Faul also shared the same view of Smith. Faul said that they have closely worked with India and they think that an Indian must be in the responsible role with the FTP and CSA also doesn’t have any problems supporting an Indian candidate for the ICC president post.

About this three-match series of the shortest format, Smith said that the T20 International series is still on and he wants a constant communication between the two countries about the conditions that have been raised due to the virus and the rules which the government imposes. This will be pure guesswork as no one will know what the situation will be in the month of August. This series will be played socially safe and it will be a socially distant game played behind the closed doors. Both countries hope that the world will be a better place before this series starts.

India vs South Africa t20 series 2020 schedule news

The tour members of the entire Indian team will be under isolation for 14 days on arrival and there will be strict seclusion for 14 days. The chief medical officer of CSA Shuaib Manjra said that the team will be in sanitized cricket biosphere and there will be limited movements with strict entry standards.

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Munjra also said that nothing can be concretely said about how the situation would be in the month of August and September. About the players, Munjra said that it will be difficult for the players to get back in their natural groove as they have not played any games and they didn’t have enough training during this lockdown period. There will be an ailment of injury if the players play the game too early. The impact of injury will be different on individual players. But the challenge for both the teams is to play safe when they return on the field. For Smith, the focus is different. He and his team has seen all the aspects which were put in front of him. Looking at the limited opportunities, his goal is to get cricket up and running as quickly as possible.

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