India slated to play T20Is against SA, NZ before T20 World Cup

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The countdown for the 2021 T20 World Cup has started with teams looking to finalise their ideal playing XIs and bench for the showpiece event. As far as the Indian team is concerned, the scenario is no different. Though the team management sees the Indian Premier League (IPL) as an ideal platform to establish which players to pick for this T20 World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also looking to organise a couple of T20I series at home in order to prepare its team for the big event.

As per a report in the Times of India, the BCCI is looking to organise T20Is against South Africa and New Zealand at home right before the T20 World Cup.

“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 told the paper.

South Africa was last in India back in March 2020 but the series was called-off after the first match due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. The forthcoming series, would hence be a compensation for last year’s cancelled series.

The Indian cricket team does not have any T20Is scheduled after the current 5-match assignment against England concludes. The proposed T20Is against the Kiwis and Proteas would hence be of huge help for the team to assess themselves right before the cricketing extravaganza.

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