Cricket Business : Cricket South Africa confident BCCI will honor tour of SA

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South Africa are optimistic about hosting India for three lucrative Twenty20 Internationals in late August, but are trying to find new dates for their proposed tour to the West Indies.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has already had to postpone a limited overs series in Sri Lanka, but has earmarked the visit by India to raise much-needed revenue.

CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith says the body is in constant contact with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“We have been talking to them and the commitment is there to get the three T20s done,” Smith said at a news conference on Thursday.

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“There is an element of guesswork, no-one knows what things will be like at the end of August. But we believe we are a socially-distanced sport and that we can play behind closed doors.”

Why the 3 T20 matches tour by India is so important for CSA

Reason 1 –  The said tour was never part of the future tour program (FTP). The tour was actually set up by newly appointed Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and acting CEO Jacques Faul on a recent trip to India in the month of Jan-Feb. The tour was weaved in with BCCI so that it can support CSA’s dwindling finances.

Reason 2 –  InsideSport has reliably learnt that on the back of this tour Cricket South Africa could crack a broadcast partnership with Star India for the territory of the Indian Sub-Continent.
Reason 3 – CEO Faul has openly admitted that through this tour CSA will earn in tune of  R180 – R195 million (USD 10-11 million). The international public demand for matches involving India means that each T20, according to Faul, could generate between R60 – R65 ($3 to 3.5) million for CSA’s coffers.

“That’s the big one for us, and if India does not come millions will be lost” Jacques Faul, CEO of CSA declared couple of days back.

The Proteas were due to tour the West Indies in late July for two test matches and five Twenty20 internationals, and Smith confirmed they are looking at all options for those matches, including playing at neutral venues or in South Africa.

“We are exploring all options. Sport has to think like a business now and not just an events company. We need to get together and work out how to get cricket up and running,” he said.

“We are trying to understand things like quarantine regulations. There are so many things up in the air, but the key is to be ready (for when play returns).” 

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