The BCCI has not made “any commitment” to tour South Africa in August and there have solely been discussions about such a risk, Board treasurer Arun Dhumal stated on Friday, denying Cricket South Africa’s claims of a affirmation. CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and Chief Govt Jacques Faul on Thursday stated that India has agreed to tour the rainbow nation for 3 T20 Internationals in August, signalling resumption of cricket within the put up COVID-19 world. However Dhumal disagreed.
“When South Africa’s tour of India got cancelled due to coronavirus, we had discussions that if there is a possibility, we will make an effort to tour South Africa. But at no point have we made any commitment to Cricket South Africa about touring in August,” Dhumal advised PTI in an unique interplay.
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The senior BCCI office-bearer then stated that except the federal government clears worldwide journey, BCCI gained’t be able to make a dedication to any nation. “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 requested.
On a special word, when requested about CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith’s supprt to Sourav Ganguly’s candidature for the ICC chairmanship, Dhumal stated it will be good for international cricket if an Indian is on the helm. “There has been no formal discussion in BCCI about ICC chairmanship. Graeme Smith obviously spoke in his personal capacity which is not CSA’s stand,” he stated.
CSA President Chris Nenzani refused to endorse Smith’s assist for Ganguly in a press release issued on Friday. “As far as the BCCI is concerned we would certainly like an Indian to lead the global body and our president has credentials obviously. But again we haven’t yet discussed it,” Dhumal stated.
Nonetheless, a BCCI veteran who has interacted with Nenzani, stated that the cash-strapped Proteas ought to solely get a dedication if it backs the BCCI view on ICC insurance policies. “We will certainly play SA collection however there must be riders. Is CSA with India on ICC coverage issues? With Chris (Nenzani), you’d need a full dedication on paper after which proceed.
“It’s CSA which is determined for a three-match T20. So that they need to determine how they wish to play it on the ICC,” the veteran official stated. Whereas the assist to have an IPL in October-November window as a substitute of the T20 World Cup is rising, Dhumal stated BCCI gained’t push for a postponement of the worldwide occasion however on the identical time, it must be seen that in these instances, whether or not an occasion of that magnitude might be held in Australia.
“T20 World Cup is a global event. Why should we push for postponement of global event? Yes, what we need to check is that an event of such magnitude with so many teams and all the health safety norms, empty stadiums, can it be held? “These are calls that ICC and Cricket Australia wil have to take,” Dhumal stated.
Dharamsala an possibility for nationwide camp
With the civil aviation ministry asserting that home flights will likely be ranging from Could 25, Dhumal stated the Board might discover secure zone choices for a nationwide camp in case it might’t be held on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Will it make Dharamsala an possibility contemplating that HPCA now has a cutting-edge indoor stadium? “Since it’s my state association, I would never, from my end, push it but if after exploring options, BCCI finds that Dharamsala can have a camp, I am more than ready to make all the arrangements. Even the hotel where the Indian team stays ‘Pavilion’ is HPCA property,” he stated.
“In case, the situation in Himachal is under control and it’s considered to be a safe zone as per government protocols, the HPCA will then do everything to make it a bio-secure environment. It all depends on what is best available option,” he added. HP has greater than 100 circumstances and has recorded four COVID-19 deaths to this point.