According to a report in the Times of India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to conduct two home T20 series against South Africa and New Zealand in October in a bid to boost India’s preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Both the series will help India fine-tune their preparations for the perennial tournament.
A BCCI source confirmed the development to the Times of India, stating that New Zealand and South Africa are expected to come to India to play the T20 series before the commencement of the T20 World Cup 2021.
“South Africa and New Zealand are scheduled to come to India to play a couple of T20I series before the World Cup. The modalities are to be finalized. The board is aware that the team needs to be in touch with the format before the Cup starts,” a senior BCCI official said.
India are currently participating in a five-match T20 series against England. The players will then be turning up for their respective franchises in the upcoming edition of IPL. However, after the IPL, the Board hadn’t planned any T20 Bilateral series for this year. Hence, in a bid to boost their T20 World Cup ambitions, the BCCI are now planning to conduct two bilateral T20 series in October.
India and South Africa already had an agreement to play a bilateral series after the last one got called off due to Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020.