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.
“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.
“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.
“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).”