Graeme Smith (Twitter Photograph)
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa will tour the West Indies subsequent month at the beginning of an intensive build-up to the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for India in October, the nationwide federation introduced on Thursday.
Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith mentioned South Africa would play two Take a look at matches and 5 Twenty20 internationals within the Caribbean throughout a tour which can begin in early June at venues which had nonetheless to be finalised.
The South African white-ball gamers will then journey on to Eire for a previously-announced tour in July.
After a brief break additional white-ball excursions are deliberate to Sri Lanka and India, main in to the World Cup.
Smith acknowledged that the tour of India in September might conflict with a potential resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was paused in mid-tournament on Tuesday after outbreaks of Covid-19 in three of the franchise camps.
“With what’s occurring in India with Covid and the IPL, we have to give the BCCI (Board of Management for Cricket in India) time to collect their ideas,” he mentioned.
“The challenges India are dealing with as a rustic are immense.”
Smith mentioned he needed South Africa to area their absolute best group on the World Cup. That might embody AB de Villiers, if he comes out of worldwide retirement, and free brokers comparable to Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, who’re not contracted to be accessible for South Africa.
“We’ve seen the success the West Indies has had in bringing again free brokers,” mentioned Smith.
“However there are a lot of elements concerned, together with group dynamics. Our focus has all the time been on making an attempt to get our greatest squad collectively for an in depth time.”
Smith praised the Indian board for his or her dealing with of the Covid outbreak.
“The obligation of care they’ve proven in getting everybody house has been exemplary,” he mentioned including that all the South African gamers and training employees concerned within the IPL can be again in South Africa by Friday.