In an interview with NDTV, the chairman of South Africa, Lawson Naidoo spoke that both the boards are in constant touch with each other and that the Indian team will stay in two hotels as players’ safety is a top priority for them.
The CSA chief also said that the stadium will be allowed for only 2000 spectators that too after the verification of their vaccination. He also cited WHO for pulling off the travel restrictions, as the new variant seems to be mild in nature. Upon being asked about the arrangements if the tour may get cancelled, the CSA chief replied that teams will be flying through Chartered plans therefore, no additional measures will be required.
He also talked about the experience of CSA to provide biosecure bubbles as they did the same for the touring teams Sri Lanka and Pakistan this year.
Indian SA tour likely to delayed by one week : sources
With the emergence of the Omicron variant, the India and SA series is receiving great eyeballs from the government. The BCCI had previously said that they are waiting for the government nod for the SA tour. And now according to the sources, the tour is likely to be pushed back by a week.
As per the original plans, Team India is set to depart to SA on either the 8th or 9th of December. They will then undergo quarantine before commencing the tour from 17th December. According to the sources, BCCI may ask CSA to delay the tour by one week. India are to play all three formats in the SA tour.
Tour much needed for South Africa
From the financial perspective, the tour is mighty important for Cricket South Africa. Previously both Cricket Australia and England cancelled their arrival to South Africa owing to the Covid scare. One thing that is likely going to bother BCCI and Indian government is that most of the cases in SA have emerged from Gauteng province where the first two test matches will be played. As of now, the CSA has not spoken about shifting to other venues.