International Cricket Council (ICC) announcement of postponing the T20 World Cup next year has paved the way for BCCI to organize the IPL 2020 later this year. There are also speculations that the Indian board is planning to play the bilateral series against South Africa before the cash-rich league commencement. But few BCCI stakeholders are against hosting the bilateral series.
Team India has not played a match since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. They last played the series against New Zealand, which ended on 3rd March. Next, India and South Africa were set to play the ODI series but the series was cancelled even after the Proteas had landed India.
Subsequently, the IPL which was scheduled to start from 29th Match was postponed till 14th April before being postponed indefinitely.
Challenges await for BCCI:
The board is exploring options to organize the series against South Africa but few stakeholders have raised voices against it, as per reports in Bangalore Mirror. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had said that they would discuss all viewpoints in the meeting
BCCI might face challenges to host matches at home because of increasing COVID-19 cases in India. Overall, 1.19 million have tested positive of the virus in the country.
Some states and cities have again re-imposed the lockdown, which might further create problems for the cricket board. Therefore, IPL is scheduled to be played in UAE although the board has not disclosed further planning.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Co are also scheduled to tour Australia later this year for a T20I, Test and ODI series Ahead of the tour, Team India’s player might regroup at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad for a national camp.
It would be the first training camp for Indian players since the lockdown.