Johannesburg: South Africa will tour the West Indies in the beginning of intensive preparation for the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for India in October, the nationwide federation stated on Thursday.
South Africa cricket director Graeme Smith has stated South Africa will play two take a look at matches and 5 Twenty20 internationals within the Caribbean on a tour beginning in early June at venues but to be be finalized.
The South African white ball gamers will then journey on to Eire for a tour already introduced in July.
After a brief break, extra white ball excursions are deliberate in Sri Lanka and India, main as much as the World Cup.
Smith acknowledged that the tour to India in September might battle with a doable resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was halted mid-tournament Tuesday after outbreaks of Covid-19 at three of the franchise camps.
“With what is occurring in India with Covid and IPL, we have to give the BCCI (Board of Management for Cricket in India) time to place their ideas collectively,” he stated.
“The challenges India faces as a rustic are immense.”
Smith has stated he desires South Africa to current their very best group on the World Cup. This might embrace AB de Villiers, if he comes out of worldwide retirement, and free brokers like Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, who’re not below contract to be accessible for South Africa.
“We’ve seen the success of the West Indies in bringing in free brokers,” stated Smith.
“However there are various elements at play, together with group dynamics. Our aim has all the time been to attempt to deliver our greatest group collectively for a very long time.”
Smith praised the Indian council for its dealing with of the Covid epidemic.
“The responsibility of care they’ve proven in bringing everybody house has been exemplary,” he stated, including that every one South African gamers and training employees concerned within the IPL could be again in South Africa on Friday.