India and South Africa are planning to organise the three-match T20I series in August amid the lockdown. It would be the first competitive series India would play since March.
As per reports, the T20I series, which was not the part of the Future Tours Programme, was negotiated by Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in February during a CSA executive trip to India. The two boards finalised the series a teleconference on Wednesday.
Series would be played behind close doors:
Although more details have not been disclosed, there would be significant changes in the rules for the safety of the players. With the ICC committee’s recommendation to not use saliva, it would be interesting to see what steps will both boards take to ensure the balance in the game.
Also, it is sure that the series would be played behind the close doors to curb the spread of the virus. However, cricket lovers would not see the players at the stadium, but it is a delightful piece of news that they would finally witness matches.
The series would also help the two boards to decrease financial stress.
South Africa toured India before COVID-19
The Proteas had landed India to play three-match ODI series in March, but the series was postponed because of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in India.
Both the teams reached Dharamshala to play the first ODI match, but because of the rain, the umpire declared the game abandoned. For the next match, they travelled Lucknow where it was announced that the two teams would play behind the close doors. But before organising the match, the two boards decided to postpone the series.
In that series, the allrounder Hardik Pandya, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and opener Shikhar Dhawan were set to make a comeback after their long injury break.