India has made no commitment to tour South Africa: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal
By: PTI | New Delhi |

Updated: May 22, 2020 4:56:38 pm


IND SA Team India’s fixtures in South Africa are at the moment earmarked for late August. (File Photo/BCCI)

The BCCI has not made “any commitment” to tour South Africa in August and there have solely been discussions about such a chance, Board treasurer Arun Dhumal stated on Friday, denying Cricket South Africa’s claims of a affirmation.

CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and Chief Executive 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. But Dhumal disagreed.

“When South Africa’s tour of India obtained cancelled due to coronavirus, we had discussions that if there’s a chance, we’ll make an effort to tour South Africa. But at no level have we made any commitment to Cricket South Africa about touring in August,” Dhumal informed PTI in an unique interplay.

The senior BCCI office-bearer then stated that except the federal government clears worldwide journey, BCCI gained’t be ready to make a commitment 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.

Ganguly’s candidature for ICC chairmanship

On a distinct be aware, when requested about CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith’s supprt to Sourav Ganguly’s candidature for the ICC chairmanship, Dhumal stated it might 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 support for Ganguly in an announcement 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.

However, a BCCI veteran who has interacted with Nenzani, stated that the cash-strapped Proteas ought to solely get a commitment 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’ll need a full commitment on paper after which proceed.

“It’s CSA which is desperate for a three-match T20. So they have to decide how they want to play it at the ICC,” the veteran official stated.

T20 World Cup

While the assist to have an IPL in October-November window as an alternative of the T20 World Cup is rising, Dhumal stated BCCI gained’t push for a postponement of the worldwide occasion however on the similar time, it wants to be seen that in these instances, whether or not an occasion of that magnitude will be held in Australia.

“T20 World Cup is a worldwide occasion. Why ought to we push for postponement of worldwide occasion? Yes, what we want to test is that an occasion of such magnitude with so many groups and all of the well being security norms, empty stadiums, can or not it’s held?

“These are calls that ICC and Cricket Australia wil have to take,” Dhumal stated.

Dharamsala an choice for nationwide camp

With the civil aviation ministry saying that home flights will likely be ranging from May 25, Dhumal stated the Board may discover protected zone choices for a nationwide camp in case it will probably’t be held on the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Will it make Dharamsala an choice contemplating that HPCA now has a state-of-the-art 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 thus far.

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