India will play T20I series against South Africa and New Zealand before the 2021 T20 World Cup.
According to a report in TOI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are planning to host a couple of bilateral T20I series in October prior to the T20 World Cup. As per the news, the board is in talks with South Africa and New Zealand board for the series which will help them prepare for the mega event.
“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.
Meanwhile, both India and South Africa have to compensate for their cancelled series which was slated to take place last March. And this will give the opportunity to both the teams, to play against each other as well.
While India have no other T20I series after the conclusion of the ongoing series against England, they will travel to England for the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final and five-match Test series as well. After that, the team will play the Asia Cup in mid-September.
“South Africa and New Zealand are scheduled to come to India to play a couple of T20I series before the World Cup.” – BCCI Source
Later this year, India will host New Zealand for a Test series, after the T20 World Cup as well. Their last series is scheduled to tour South Africa, which will begin in December.
Meanwhile, India are currently taking on England in a five-match T20I series where they have lost two games already. However, England only need one win to clinh the series.
On the other hand, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has slammed the Indian team management for dropping Suryakumar Yadav from the playing XI in the third T20I against England in Ahmedabad as he only got his maiden T20 cap in the second game where he didn’t even get the chance to bat.
Suryakumar Yadav made ways for Rohit Sharma, who returned in the playing XI. Rohit and KL Rahul opened the innings for India while Ishan Kishan dropped down to No.3. Both Rahul and Ishan failed to score.
However, Gambhir said that the team management’s decision would’ve hurt him also if he would have been in Suryakumar Yadav’s place. “It will surely hurt me, if I was in Surya’s position,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo in a video interview.
The fourth T20I between India and England will take place on March 18.