It’s impossible to tour South Africa in August: BCCI

South Africa want to play a three-match T20 series at home against India in late August. That’s why the Proteas invited India last February during the Cricket South Africa (CSA) executive tour.

It's impossible to tour South Africa in August: BCCI

CSA Cricket Director Graeme Smith then discussed the matter with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly. A couple of days ago, the two boards sat down again in a teleconference on this issue.

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Cricket South Africa is optimistic about hosting the series against Team India. They say the series has had fruitful discussions between the two boards. But is it really possible for the African country to host the series at all in August?

The answer was given by an official of the BCCI who did not want to be named. According to him, in the current situation of the coronavirus crisis, it is not possible for the Men in Blue to tour South Africa in August. “Look, it’s not possible,” he said. “Fitness practice is one thing. Bat and ball practice is a completely different matter. Our cricketers have not touched the bat or the ball for 50-60 days in practice session.”

Lockdown is now underway in both India and South Africa. The number of COVID-19 victims is increasing day by day. Preparations are now underway in South Africa to tackle the highest coronavirus infection risk in September. So in reality, this series outside the FTP (Future Tour Program) in August is kind of uncertain.

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