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CSA to implement ‘world-class’ bio-bubble for the much needed Indian Tour

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It looks like Cricket South Africa is leaving no stone unturned in order to provide the safest experience for the coming Indian Tour. With the no. of infections doubling for the country in the last 24 hours, there has been news from the sources that the BCCI is set to request a delay of the tour by 1 week.

CSA recently denied any such request yet from the BCCI and that they are committed to the highest safety standards to conduct the tour. Now Cricket South Africa’s chief medical officer Dr. Shuaib Manjra has confirmed that the bio-bubble that has been implemented by the home team over the year has been of the highest standard as set by the national government.

The marquee tour will provide much-needed relief to the Cricket Board who has struggled financially due to the abandonment of tours from Australia and England. As per the original plans, the Indian Cricket is set to depart on the 8th or 9th of December. The tour is scheduled to start from 17th December and all three formats will be played.

While the CSA may be willing to provide exceptional safety to the touring team, the news of them postponing their domestic fixtures due to Covid 19 may dent the India tour. Sources in BCCI have confirmed that the tour will happen only upon receiving the nod of the government. The Indian Government which was about to lift the ban from the international flights from 15th Dec has now decided to stay it due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Dr Shuaib Manjra spoke to the Indian Express about the beginning of the fourth wave in South Africa and that the cases have been mostly coming from the regions of unvaccinated population. In his own words

““South Africa is at the beginning of the fourth wave. Statistically, the cases are growing exponentially. But the evidence so far is that the cases have been mild in general. The risk of hospitalisation, in Gauteng, is growing especially in the unvaccinated population. 75 per cent of the cases suggest that.”

Indian players will undergo 7 day quaratine

The CSA chief medical officer revealed that the touring side will be in quarantine for seven days and the six days will be of mild quarantine. Earlier CSA chairman had commented that the country has experience of providing a secure bio-secure bubble environment to the touring side when Sri Lanka and Pakistan toured them.

The doctor talked about the importance of the tour and the safety of the Indian players. In his own words

Of course there is huge pressure as there is a responsibility to ensure safety. This is a big tour for both countries. But I want to assure Indian players, the public, and BCCI that we are ready for the tour. We have been working on biosecure bubbles for 18 months now for various tours and we have been successful in maintaining them. All the recce and checks have been made. Protocols are in place. We are ready.

India are slated to play three ODIs, Three Tests and 4 T20s. The tour will end on 26th January.

Also read : – Ind SA 2021 Tour: One week delay & 1 test match remove to be requested

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