South Africa to tour West Indies for 2 Exams, 5 T20Is in June
Johannesburg: South Africa will tour the West Indies firstly of an intensive build-up to the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for India in October, the nationwide federation introduced on Thursday.
Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith mentioned South Africa would play two Check matches and 5 Twenty20 internationals within the Caribbean throughout a tour which can begin in early June at venues which had nonetheless to be finalised.
The South African white-ball gamers will then journey on to Eire for a previously-announced tour in July.
After a brief break additional white-ball excursions are deliberate to Sri Lanka and India, main in to the World Cup.
Smith acknowledged that the tour of India in September may conflict with a attainable resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was paused in mid-tournament on Tuesday after outbreaks of Covid-19 in three of the franchise camps.
“With what’s occurring in India with Covid and the IPL, we have to give the BCCI (Board of Management for Cricket in India) time to collect their ideas,” he mentioned.
“The challenges India are going through as a rustic are immense.”
Smith mentioned he wished South Africa to subject their absolute best staff on the World Cup. That would embrace AB de Villiers, if he comes out of worldwide retirement, and free brokers corresponding to Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, who’re not contracted to be accessible for South Africa.
“We’ve got seen the success the West Indies has had in bringing again free brokers,” mentioned Smith.
“However there are a lot of elements concerned, together with staff dynamics. Our focus has all the time been on making an attempt to get our greatest squad collectively for an in depth time.”
Smith praised the Indian board for his or her dealing with of the Covid outbreak.
“The obligation of care they’ve proven in getting everybody residence has been exemplary,” he mentioned including that all the South African gamers and training workers concerned within the IPL could be again in South Africa by Friday.
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