Anurag Thakur, the Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports has urged the BCCI to consult the Center for deciding the tour of the Indian Cricket Team to South Africa. India is currently engaged in-home test series against the kiwis.
The recent explosion of no. of cases due to the Omicron variant has been a concern and sources have informed that the BCCI may request the CSA board to delay the tour by a week. There are also reports that the number of test matches will be reduced to three from two.
CSA had already assured that they will implement a ‘world-class’ bio bubble for the touring team from the subcontinent. The tour is vitally important for the host nation as they require urgent financial assistance in order to combat their losses.
The Indian government had earlier planned to lift the international travel ban from 15th December, however, the decision has been put to hold due to the scare of Omicron, which the WHO classified as a “variant of concern”. CSA had also assured that the Indian team would be staying in two hotels and the team will arrive in South Africa via a chartered flight so that there would be a minimum risk of infection.
Earlier, there was news from CSA that they haven’t received any request yet from the BCCI regarding delaying the tour by a week and that the board is in daily touch with the powerful board. The tour, if happens, will allow CSA to earn nearly R700 million.
The last time India went to South Africa in 2018, they lost the test series by 2-1. They however came back to win the T20 series by 3-1 and the ODI series by 5 -1. This time around, the SA team will have some new faces as the iconic player DeVillers and Faf Du Plessis have both retired from Test cricket.