- Indian team might leave a bit late than their original plan of leaving immediately after the home series against New Zealand.
- The matches are likely to be played behind closed doors.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that India will be touring South Africa for a three-match Test series as well as the same number of ODIs. He added that that the T20Is between the two countries will be played later. Earlier as many as four T20Is were part of the original tour schedule but they have now been pushed back.
The tour is scheduled to start on December 26 with a Test match at the Johannesburg and while there were speculations regarding whether the tour will go ahead amid concerns over the Omicron variant of the dreaded Coronavirus, BCCI’s confirmation has put rest to all such apprehensions.
It is also being reported that the Indian team might just leave a bit late than their plan of leaving immediately after the home series against New Zealand. Moreover, the matches are likely to be played behind closed doors but this happens to be an important series for Cricket South Africa whose financial health depends on the Indian team’s visit on their shores which has helped them get multi-milllion dollar TV rights.
The team will enter the bubble shortly and travel by a charter flight: BCCI source
”The information we received is that the bio-bubble created by CSA is safe and secured. Also, there hasn’t been a lot of data available as of now as to how severe and detrimental it could be. Also, we have not received any communication from the government on not going ahead with the tour,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
”The team will enter the bubble shortly and travel by a charter flight. Even if there is a delay, it will be bubble to bubble transfer and hence no hard quarantine will be required,” the source added.
This is a significant piece of news especially after Cricket South Africa already postponed the latest round of matches in the second division of the country’s four-day provincial competition. Similarly, a the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifier was abandoned in Zimbabwe due to the same reason of the Omicron virus.