International cricket is now slowly coming back in track as more teams are trying to return on the field safely as soon as possible. Most recently, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has clarified that they are talking with the Cricket South Africa (CSA) for a bilateral series in West Indies in September. It will be either T20I-only tour or Test-only tour for South Africa, depending upon the IPL 2020 schedule.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of the international cricket events were postponed from last March. International cricket finally returned this month with the ongoing Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies.
After this ongoing series, England will play the three-match home ODI series against Ireland as well as the three-match home Test series and three-match home T20I series against Pakistan. England’s another home limited-overs series against Australia is also in the final stage for the confirmation.
The format will be dependent on the IPL: Cricket West Indies CEO about the proposed South Africa tour of West Indies
Now, the CWI is hopeful to host the South African team in September. According to the CWI CEO Johnny Grave, it can be either a T20I series or Test series. Both these boards are currently waiting for the IPL 2020 schedule.
Grave told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guests cricket show, “We very much hope that South Africa will be able to come here in September for either a T20-only tour or a Test-only tour at the very least. It will be dependent on the IPL. South Africa have a number of their Test players who have IPL contracts, whereas in this current Test team we don’t have any IPL players.”
Recently, the IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel has claimed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can host the 13th edition of the IPL between 19th September and 8th November 2020.
Grave has also confirmed that the South African team will not be able for the Test series during the IPL 2020 as some of their Test players will be involved in the cash-rich league.
The CWI CEO added, “We won’t be able to play Test cricket against South Africa during the IPL – Cricket South Africa have made that very clear to us. They’ve got a commitment to their players to allow them to go and play in the IPL.”
On the other hand, after completing the England tour, the West Indies cricketers will be busy in the CPL 2020 along with some foreigners. The CPL 2020 has been scheduled to run between 18th August and 10th September 2020.