West Indies plan to host one part of SA series before IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kick-off on September 19 after the announcement of the T20 World Cup 2020 getting postponed was confirmed by the ICC.

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Due to the pandemic, a series of international matches got postponed one after another. The cricket boards have finally started to reschedule those specific series after things have started to ease down a bit. After the confirmation of the IPL taking place, Cricket West Indies (CWI) are now looking to host at least a part of the series against South Africa before the start of the tournament.

West Indies were set to host South Africa for two Tests and five T20Is in July-August before that tournament fell prey to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. They are now looking to reschedule the series and CWI Chief Executive Johny Grave has said that he is willing to host a part of the series before the players depart for IPL.

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“We 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,’ he said.

Grave also informed that the South Africa players won’t be able to play Test cricket during the IPL as their board have already made a commitment to their players that they will allow their players to take part in the tournament.

“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,” he concluded.

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