There has been news developing in the last week that BCCI may even cancel the South Africa tour due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. There were also reports that BCCI may request the CSA to delay the tour by one week and to reduce even the three test match series to two matches.
According to a senior BCCI official, “We are going to South Africa and that’s confirmed”. The official released the information to PTI on conditions of anonymity. Cricket South Africa will provide a watertight environment for the tour which will commence from 17th December and ends on 26th Janaury.
Earlier the CSA had confirmed that they haven’t received any such request from BCCI yet for postponing or rescheduling the tour. CSA chief also confirmed that the matches will be played in front of only 2000 people upon verifying their vaccination of Covid and that the Indian team will be staying in two hotels. Cases in South Africa have been rising exponentially. The latest figures according to the BBC suggest that there were 11,500 new covid infections that were registered.
The official also revealed that the government so far has not objected to the South African tour. And there is not so much data about how severe and detrimental the virus is.
No hard quarantine will be needed
As per the reports, the team will travel from bubble to bubble, therefore hard quarantine will not be needed. CSA confirmed previously that the Indian tour will arrive and depart from South Africa from Chartered Flight in order to minimize the risk of infection. It will be worth noticing whether the Indian team will have to follow a certain SOP while coming back to India. The tour is slated to commence on 17th of December with three test matches, three ODIs and four T20s.
R700 million on the line for Cricket South Africa
The Indian tour will certainly breathe life into the coffers of Cricket South Africa. The board is expecting a revenue of R700 million from the Indian tour in order to manage their loss due to the abandonment of tours by England and Australia. South Africa had hosted Sri Lanka and Pakistan this year and has promised to provide a ‘world-class’ bio bubble secure environment to the Indian Team.
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