The T20 World cup is all set to take place in India this year. All teams have already stated preparing for it as they look to build their ideql team combinations before the commencement of the T20 WC. India are currently playing a T20 series against England consisting of 5 matches. The India-England series was expected to be the Men in Blue’s final assignment in the shortest format before the T20 World Cup, which will take place later this year. Although the Indian players will play in IPL 2021, the national team were not slated to play any more T20Is ahead of the global event. But a report in The Times of India disclosed how the BCCI are in talks with the South African and New Zealand cricket boards over a couple of T20I home series. A senior BCCI official spoke to the publication and confirmed the development.
“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 and South Africa already have an agreement to play a bilateral series after the last one was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. India last played New Zealand in 2020, which was their final international tour before the pandemic brought all sporting activities to a halt. With the T20 World Cup set to take place around October-November, the BCCI will do well to squeeze in a couple of series against the above mentioned sides. These matches are going to be very Cruise for the “Men In Blue” as they have to finalize their ideal team combination and determine their squad for the upcoming T20 WC.
A couple of home series will allow India to put out a settled playing XI, thereby boosting their preparations for the T20 World Cup. It will also help them to play out match scenarios, just like England are doing in the ongoing series. The upcoming Indian Premiere League (IPL) would help the selectors determine the squad to an extent as well. However, it remains to be seen how the two series are scheduled for October. India will travel to England for the World Test Championship final in June, upon the conclusion of the IPL. They will also face England in a five-match Test series, which ends by mid-September.