India’s Three-Match T20I Series Against South Africa Not Likely To Happen

India’s Three-Match T20I Series Against South Africa Unlikely

during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Seddon Park on February 15, 2015 in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The CSA (Cricket South Africa) have been in an appalling financial situation for some time now, which has only worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The South African board was hoping to play against India in a T20I series to ease their situation a bit, but due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India, it looks highly unlikely that the series would be conducted.

The money which was included in the estimation of earnings for the coming months was removed from the budget, indicating that the series against India isn’t happening, reported  Cricbuzz.

The South African board is expected to declare a small profit at their annual meeting on September 5. However, the rights issue hovering over the board may account to losses up to USD 57.6 million by the end of 2022.

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South Africa Were Planning To Tour India In September For T20I

The CSA were planning to get an agreement with the richest cricket board in the world — BCCI, for a T20I series in India in September. If they could have reached an agreement, that would have reduced a massive USD 10-million in CSA’s debt.

CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul told an online press conference on May 21 that “We had a teleconference with India [the previous day] and we’re encouraged by their willingness to honour the agreement to play the three T20s in August, and if that’s postponed maybe a bit later.”

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The case later reported that money which included in the estimation of earnings for the coming months was removed from the budget of CSA directly indicates that the series is improbable.

Graeme Smith and Saurav Ganguly’s Good Relations Could Have Made The Difference

CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, have a good relationship since their playing time for their respective countries.

Moreover, the good ties between the two could have helped CSA get to play against India to ease their financial situation a bit. Graeme Smith had even pushed Ganguly for the role of ICC president back in May.

“Leadership in our sport is going to be key, and having someone at a level who understands the modern game, understands the challenges that are going to be faced, emphasises more the people who get put into key positions. I think the president of the ICC becomes a key position.

“It would be great to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly get into the role of president of the ICC. That will be good for the game and good for the modern game. He understands it, he’s played it as the highest level, he’s respected, and his leadership will be key to us going forward. That would be a great appointment.” said Graeme Smith.

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Team India’s only confirmed fixtures on schedule for the rest of the year as three T20Is in October and three Tests in December, all of them in Australia. With the onset of IPL from September 19 to November 10, the space for any other tournament further has a slimmest of the chances to g0 ahead.