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India SA tour, Greg Chappel lauds BCCI for touring South Africa amidst Omicron surge


There have been many instances where BCCI has been viewed as a muscle-flexing body in the cricketing affairs of India. Arguably the richest and therefore most powerful cricket board in the world, BCCI has done a lot for Indian cricket, both internationally and domestically. It was around the end of November that news of the Omicron surge was reported in South Africa. Clouds of uncertainly were looming over the tour and Cricket South Africa is not in a strong position to let of the marquee Indian tour which will reportedly generate revenue of R600 million for them despite eliminating the T20 leg of the tour.

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Greg Chappel, the controversial coach who had a tiff with Sourav Ganguly during the latter’s twilight days of his career, has lauded the Ganguly-led BCCI for not pressing the panic button and opting out of the South African tour. New Zealand and England have earlier opted out of the Pakistan tour earlier this year, citing security reasons.

In his column for Syndey Morning Herald, Chappel praised the Indian team for touring South Africa despite being well-remunerated and wishes that the Australian team do not wither off from their commitment to touring Pakistan next year in March – April which will be the first time in 24 years. Interestingly, Australia toured in 1999 after 1959 – 60. Australia will play 3 test matches, three ODIs and one T20 and Chappel hopes that Australia send their full-strength team.

India will be playing three test match series and three ODIS from the 26th of December. Cricketing Pundits believe that this is the best chance for India to win their maiden test series win in South Africa. Over the years, India has shown a never say die attitude when they bounce back against Australia down under and blow away the English side after losing the 1st test match at Chennai.

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