‘BCCI never agreed to tour of South Africa’

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has said that there has never been an agreement with Cricket South Africa for a short T20 series in the Proteas land.

A board executive talking to SportzFront also laughed off all speculation around the tour of South Africa and its cancellation. In this scenario when there is no certainty even on the events of bigger significance where was the point of playing three T20 Internationals in South Africa, the source said.

“Cricket South Africa had expressed interest in hosting India later this year. There were talks but no agreements,” said the source.

Further highlighting the issue of India rescheduling the series in South Africa, he added since there was lots of unwarranted and baseless speculation the board had issued a statement. “It is very clear the series in June has been suspended. The Board has also expressed its willingness to honour the FTP obligations. That sums up everything.

“Same applies to the Zimbabwe series.”

“Right now everything revolves around how soon or how late this coronavirus threat is going to end,” he said.

For now, the one and only priority is the Indian Premier League. In September or October? That will depend on the status of the ICC T20 World Cup. In India or abroad? “Let’s us see how is this COVID situation. When and where is a point of discussion. But we are firm on the IPL,” he further said adding that “when the board has gone on record about this shouldn’t be more questions about it.”

A BCCI official has also confirmed to national daily Times of India that the board will not accept any other tour or series at the cost of the IPL.

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