Just before India went into lockdown on March 22, India’s series against South Africa, the first match of which was rained off in Dharamshala, was called off, got cancelled. The South African team was stranded in a hotel in Kolkata, even as the borders had been shut. However, when they did manage to fly back to South Africa, each member of the touring entourage was quarantined for 14 days and luckily none of them were found Covid positive.
Since then there has been an effort from the South African board to re arrange a series in ‘not so affected’ South Africa. In an online press conference yesterday chief executive of Cricket South Africa announced that they were quite optimistic of India touring the rainbow nation. It must be made clear that the BCCI has yet to formally say yes to the series.
Even Graeme Smith, the newly appointed director of cricket has admitted that talks have been going on between the two boards. “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,” the former South African captain stated.