It looks like the BCCI is set to request CSA to delay the tour owing to the emergence of the Omicron variant. As per original plans, the tour is set to commence on the 17th of December. According to the sources, there is the likelihood of three test match series reduced to two matches. As of now, the no. of white-ball matches remain unchanged.
We had earlier reported that the CSA chairman has called for two hotels for the stay of the Indian team and has emphasized the safety of the players. He also commented on allowing only 2000 spectators in the stadium upon the verification of their vaccine status.
R700m on the line from India Tour
According to the BCCI sources, they believe in commitment to the boards of other nations and will try everything to protect their interests. South Africa Board will benefit vastly from the Indian Cricket Tour as the matches receive high television ratings from India. The board had earlier suffered as the Australian and England team postponed and cancelled respectively their SA tour this year. Cricket South Africa has hosted both Sri Lanka and Pakistan this year and their Chairman has stated that the host nation has experience in providing a biosecure bubble.
While the tours from Australia and England may bring in plenty of revenue, they fall short considerably to the monetary benefits that the Indian tour brings. According to the sources, the South African board is likely to achieve R700m just from the Indian tour. The Cricket Board has already suffered R221-million because of the tour abandoned by the team due to covid. The other reasons of losses included governance failure and departure of the sponsors.
Can’t just ignore things that : Virat Kohli
The Indian Captain during a press conference earlier today revealed that the head coach Rahul Dravid initiated the conversation about the SA tour in the group. The Captain is expecting ‘clarity’ from BCCI about the status of the tour and that the team is focussed at the moment purely on the second test against New Zealand at Wankhede.