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Ind SA 2021: Spectators unlikely for the 1st Test

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In news that will not hearten the cricket fans, it looks like that the opening match of the Ind SA series will be played without spectators. The Supersport Park at centurion released a tweet days ago that they are not aware of the announcement of tickets for the fans till now and that they are not sure whether fans will be allowed in the stadium or not.

The restrictions are due to the cloud of Omicron variant that at one point in time almost ruined the entire Indian tour. It was because of the talks and mutual friendship between the officials of CSA and Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah, that the BCCI gave a nod for the tour provided that the necessary bio-security would be implemented.

The CEO of CSA had earlier hinted that only 2000 spectators will be allowed in the Ind SA Test series however, they looked keen to bring in more crowds, subject to the approval of the government. The tour is a marquee one for Cricket South Africa and they are likely to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the tour goes on smoothly. The tour is likely to generate revenue of R600 million for the home side from the TV and media rights.

Virat Kohli to lead Indian Test Side

After the captaincy saga, India will be looking to move forward to start a new beginning under Virat Kohli who came under scrutiny recently as there were reports that he was unwilling to be a part of the ODI tour owing to personal reasons. The captain, however, clarified in the 15th December Press conference that he was and is available for the entire tour of South Africa. Rohit Sharma will not be taking part in the test series owing to his hamstring in the left leg. He is however expected to return to the squad for the ODI tour.

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