CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and Chief Executive Jacques Faul on Thursday (May 21) stated that India has agreed to tour the rainbow nation for 3 T20 Internationals in August, signalling a resumption of cricket within the post-COVID-19 world. But 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.
The senior BCCI office-bearer then stated that until the federal government clears worldwide journey, BCCI will not 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 the South Africa tour?” Dhumal requested.
On a distinct observe, when requested about CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith’s help 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 help 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.
However, 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 ought to be riders. Is CSA with India on ICC coverage issues? With Chris (Nenzani), you’ll desire a full dedication on paper after which proceed.
“It’s CSA which is determined for a three-match T20. So they should determine how they need to play it on the ICC,” the veteran official stated.
While the help to have an IPL in October-November window as an alternative of the T20 World Cup is rising, Dhumal stated BCCI will not push for a postponement of the worldwide occasion however on the identical time, it must be seen that in these occasions, whether or not an occasion of that magnitude will be held in Australia.
“T20 World Cup is a world occasion. Why ought to we push for the postponement of world occasion? Yes, what we have to examine 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 will have to take,” Dhumal stated.
With the civil aviation ministry saying that home flights will probably be ranging from May 25, Dhumal stated the Board may discover protected zone choices for a nationwide camp in case it may’t be held on the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Will it make Dharamsala an possibility 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 the best available option,” he added. HP has greater than 100 circumstances and has recorded four COVID-19 deaths up to now.
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