Graeme Smith hopes South Africa and India will play against each other often in the coming months

Cricket South Africa is hoping to face India multiple times in the next cycle of bilateral series in the coming months. They are about to sign the contracts, according to the director of Cricket South Africa and former national team skipper Graeme Smith. India and South Africa last faced each other in 2019, when the latter toured the subcontinent for three tests and two T20Is.

India and South Africa should play against each other in India in March 2020. However, the Proteas had to return after an ODI in three-match gum. This was due to countries worldwide being locked due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, South Africa will host India for a test series of four games in the summer of 2021/22.

India versus South Africa. (Credits: Twitter)

Graeme Smith said he and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had had many discussions and said India was quite supportive. The former left-hander hopes India and South Africa will have numerous encounters in the coming months and are close to finalizing.

“Me and Sourav [Ganguly, the BCCI president] Go a long way back and we had a series of conversations. India supported us a lot. Hopefully we’ll have a series of tours against India in the next cycle that are actually nearing completion. ” Smith said, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

They work with members to find the safest way to play cricket: Graeme Smith

CSA Director Graeme Smith.  Credits: Sky SportsCSA Director Graeme Smith. Credits: Sky Sports

The 40-year-old went on to explain that in any country facing challenges, each member must support one another and find ways to achieve this as much as possible. Smith criticized Cricket Australia for canceling the South Africa tour and that all members have to work with everyone involved to make a difference.

Every country faces different challenges. It is important that members come together and support one another and try to find ways to achieve as much as possible. That contributed to Australia’s disappointment. So far everyone we’ve worked with has had this attitude and understood it, and I have a feeling that Australia hasn’t. That left us in the lurch. They work with members to find the safest way to play cricket. It has become a collaborative approach with the medical teams and surgery teams and how the finances will work. ” he added.

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