BCCI likely to approve T20 series against South Africa, New Zealand at home before T20 World Cup- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to play a couple of bilateral T20I series as part of their preparation ahead of the T20 World Cup. As per a report, the BCCI is in talks with Cricket South Africa and Cricket New Zealand for the same in October.
BCCI and Cricket South Africa already have an agreement to play a series in India. This is because a limited-overs series was cancelled against Proteas last March due to the COVID-19 lockdown. India do not have any T20I series lined up after the ongoing series against England.
“South Africa and New Zealand are scheduled to come to India to play a couple of T20I series before the [T20] World Cup. The modalities are to finalised. The board is aware that the team needs to be in touch with the format before the Cup starts,” BCCI official told The Times of India.
After IPL 2021, India will travel to England for a 5-match Test series and the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. They are set to return in mid-September, it is when it could be possible to conduct the T20 series.
Meanwhile, doubts are looming over Asia Cup as it is likely to clash with the PCB hosting the remaining matches of PSL 2021.
The only question is if the players will be 100 per cent fit to take part in the contest. Some of the key players who represent India in the longer format might need a break as the bio-bubble takes a toll on everyone’s health.
India will host New Zealand for a Test series after the T20 World Cup after which they will tour South Africa for limited-overs and Test match series in December and January 2022.
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