Reports are now coming in that India will tour South Africa but will play only the ODI and test matches. The T20s that were originally scheduled will now be played later.
The move comes in the wake of the Omicron variant, the cases of which have exploded in South Africa in recent days. The tour is also likely to be delayed. According to a report in the South African newspaper, Jay Shah the secretary of the BCCI informed the news agency ANI that the 4 T20s will be played at a later stage.
Shah told ANI that the Indian team will travel for 3 test matches and 3 one-day internationals and they are likely to be rescheduled, possibly a week later than they were originally scheduled.
There were reports that the BCCI was set to request a shortened tour of South Africa however CSA later clarified that they haven’t received any such requests from the Board of Control for Cricket in India yet. The Indian Team was to arrive in South Africa on the 8th or 9th of December but now the team will depart a week later as the board needs to take the nod of the government.
The country is leaving no stone unturned so that the tour goes as planned. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation thanked the Indian Government earlier for not posing a ban on travel to South Africa.
CSA earlier had also assured the BCCI that they would implement world-class biosecurity arrangements for the arriving team. The tour is vital for the cricket South Africa board as they are in desperate need of financial assistance as previously Australia and England abandoned the tours due to covid scare. CSA in their AGM announced that they incurred losses of around R221-million in 2020 – 2021 financial year.