After South Africa showed optimism about India’s visit for a three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series in August, with Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Jacques Faul saying the boards are in talks, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has now said that the board has not ‘committed’ for the tour yet.

Incidentally, South Africa and India played their last international match against each other, before cricket action was brought to a halt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In their last meeting, after the first of three-match ODI series in Dharmasala was washed off, with the entire series called off due to the pandemic situation.

Virat Kohli and Quinton De Kock
Indian batsman and Captain Virat Kohli (L) shakes hand with South African wicket keeper Quinton de Kock (R) after winning the match during the second day of the One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and India at the Centurion cricket ground on February 4, 2018 in Centurion, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

However, the Indian cricket board in discussion with Cricket South Africa, had asserted that they will look to re-schedule the series as the situation returns to normalcy. As soon as the South African players returned to their homeland they were tested for Covid-19 as a precautionary measure with none of members testing positive.

India can’t even commit that we can tour Sri Lanka in July, how can we commit on South Africa tour: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal

India Not Committed To Tour South Africa For T20I Series: Arun Dhumal
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly along with other office-bearers. Credit: AP

“Right now, we can’t even commit that we can tour Sri Lanka in July followed by (short T20 series) in Zimbabwe. Both these tours are part of the FTP programme and we are still not sure what the situation will be in two months, so how can we commit on South Africa tour?” Dhumal told PTI.

South Africa had recently postponed the series against Sri Lanka but put their weight behind India’s visit as it is touted to be a high-revenue tournament.