The Indian cricket team could be touring to South Africa in late August for three T20 international matches. The conditions, however, have to be ideal for the tour and the COVID-19 pandemic has to subside.
Acting Chief of Cricket South Africa Jacques Paul said that the talks have been going on with BCCI. He also added that a lot of planning has to be put into this considering the country is on lockdown.
Jacques added that CSA is in constant contact with Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa for permissions to play without the crowd.
“We’ve had a very good discussion with them (BCCI),” Jacques Paul said in a statement.
“We are engaging via SASCOC with the Minister (of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa). We are in the process of seeking an audience with the Minister to get permission if needed to play behind closed doors and this will relate to the possibility of the India tour and other incoming tours.
“We’re trying to be innovative because it is an important tour to us.
“Leading to that, a lot of good work is being done by Dr. Manjra, who heads up our COVID-19 steering committee. We continue to take guidance from him. A lot of work is being done in terms of scenario planning.”
The Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world. Major sporting events around the world had to be canceled because of the outbreak including South Africa’s tour of India in March earlier this year.
CSA added that they have also been in talks with other cricket boards around the world for organizing tours.
“We’re engaging with the West Indies Cricket Board regarding tours that have been postponed and the FTP,” he said.
“We’re trying to find opportunities post their (West Indies) tour to England to see how we can fit that series in, whether it is a neutral ground or wherever we are permitted to play. We’ll have to see where we sit towards August and what the restrictions are on international cricket.” Paul concluded. (H/T -NDTV.com)