South Africa was scheduled to visit India for a T20I series in September as a part of preparations for the T20I world cup for both teams. However, the possible rescheduling of the cash-rich IPL during the September window has quashed all hopes of that series from being organised.
The IPL 2021 played in India from April onwards was supposed to have ended in the last week of May. However, the bio bubble breach of the Coronavirus leading to several team members getting covid infected made the BCCI halt the IPL temporarily and subsequently look for a separate window to complete the same.
After much permutations and combinations, the BCCI decided to employ the September window to complete the remaining 31 games of IPL and as a result, BCCI sacrificed the South Africa series.
It has been decided that in the 2022 tour of South Africa, the Indian team will be playing extra international fixtures to cover up for the loss that might be incurred by the respective boards.
Though there seems to be overwhelming support in favour of organising the IPL in September, the fact that many key members of the Indian test team which will play 5 back to back tests in England will have no rest as they will take part in the high-intensity matches of IPL before world T20.
No franchisee will rest players like Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, Pant, Bumrah or Shami when the stakes are so high. Hence they will be playing continuously from August till the end of the T20I World Cup and there could be chances of players breaking down due to excessive cricket. The South Africa series would have at least allowed the team think tank to rotate the players to mitigate the load. Moreover South Africa are a good T20I side which could have given the Indians decent match practice before the world cup.