IPL 2020: India – South Africa 3 match series being deliberated before IPL 2020 in UAE

The BCCI is deliberating to play 3 match India-South Africa T20 series in UAE before the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). According to the sources, the move has been proposed by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Indian board is all game for it. As reported earlier by InsideSport, Indian cricket team was scheduled to travel to South Africa in the month of August to play the 3 game series but due to Covid19 the proposed series got stalled. 
The Ind-SA series was seen as financial savior for the South African board who themselves had admitted to InsideSport that in case series does not take place, ’they will be in financial trouble’. Now CSA has approached BCCI to reschedule the series right before the IPL 2020 and BCCI may oblige. 
‘We have been approached by South Africa to play 3 game series before IPL 2020 in UAE. But all will depend on how we can get our plans in place for IPL 2020 first. Approvals, logistics, operations including lot of things need to be taken care off. For us IPL 2020 is priority. Once that is done, we can think of the series, it is premature right now”, said senior BCCI official to InsideSport. 
IPL 2020 : India – South Africa series was commitment by CSA to Star India
InsideSport had earlier reported that Star India has signed up with Cricket South Africa for its media rights portfolio and India tour to South Africa was the the first series scheduled in the committed itinerary to the broadcaster. But due to Covid19 BCCI decided to cancel the series which came as a huge blow for the CSA – Star India contractual relationship as well. 
With India not going to South Africa, England not coming to India in September, the leading cricket broadcaster of the country Star India is going through ’no LIVE India cricket period’ currently. This lull for Star India would have continued till Jan 2021. But now with CSA’s new proposal, Star India will also get India cricket back on its network, provided BCCI agrees. 
CSA was praying and banking on the India tour

“For us, the big due date is end of August.” –

Dr. Jacques Faul, Acting CEO of CSA made this statement to highlight the importance of India tour of South Africa for the home team. Faul further had suggested that if India does not tour, CSA will get in big financial trouble.

“We haven’t lost content yet, but if India doesn’t come here it is $10m, and that is R180m lost. Then you have to see how your sponsors pay or don’t pay. I think our trouble is still in the mail. It will be difficult to sustain than” Faul said.
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 and trouble starts” Jacques Faul, CEO of CSA declared a month back.

Now with CSA’S new proposal to play this 3 game series against India in UAE, they are looking to minimize the damage.