Cricket South Africa have reportedly been handed a monetary relief in the form of an incoming T20 series against India at the end of August.
Sport 24 reports that the tour was set up by newly appointed Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and acting CEO Jacques Faul during a recent trip to India.
Indian incoming series are the best money-makers in the game with the tour possibly generating R180 – R195 million with just broadcast deals, advertising and sponsorships even without ticket sales should the tour happen behind closed doors.
The possibility of playing without crowds is definitely in the conversation with Faul stating that money-wise, ticket sales account for between 5-10% of the tour’s income.
“That’s the big one for us,” Faul said. “We can definitely play behind closed doors and still make revenue out of it.”
“We’re quite confident that we could be on level three by then, but you still need international travel to open up and that’s probably your biggest issue,” he said.
“For us, the big due date is end of August.”
Such a series would be the perfect way to kick start the new international season which has been marred by the Covid-19 pandemic. With South Africa set to relax lockdown restrictions on 1 May, hopefully the travel restrictions will be lifted in time for the tour to take place.
It would also be an early indication of the possibility of the T20 World Cup going ahead at the end as well as the perfect time to trial a few players ahead of the global showpiece.