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Ind SA tour 2021: Matches will continue despite Covid +ve cases

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The news came out earlier that the India and South Africa series will be behind closed doors. Now the CSA’s chief medical officer has confirmed that even in the case of a Covid Positive case, the individual will be isolated in the same hotel and the matches will continue. Shuaib Manjra, the medical officer for CSA told it to PTI.

There is a report that the BCCI can pull out of the tour if it sees Covid related cases worsening which jeopardizes the health of the players. The Indian team will start their tour from the 26th of December with three tests and 3 ODIs. A BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity that players are being tested regularly.

The tour is important for Cricket South Africa to fill their coffers. While tours of New Zealand and Australia are lucrative, those from Indian produce a staggering amount of revenue.

The CSA Medical officer revealed that the BCCI is satisfied with the bio-security and protocols that will engulf both the teams for the entire tour. Around the starting of December, South Africa recorded a spike in Covid cases in Centurion where the first match is slated to be held. However, owing to the promises that CSA has assured to the BCCI about the security, the BCCI led by Sourav Ganguly gave a nod. Rapid Antigen Tests are likely to be carried out daily on all the support staff and team members.

India is without Rohit Sharma in the Test series and will be looking to win their maiden test series in this country. The last time India went, they gave an immense challenge to SA, with Jasprit Bumrah, being the stand-out bowler. India although lost the test by 2 – 1, won the ODIs and T20s comprehensively. South African media thanked the BCCI for not pressing the panic button and puling out of the tour, unlike New Zealand and Australia.

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