The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked Cricket South Africa to consider delaying the start of the much-anticipated tour by a week as it seeks more time to discuss the threat of the latest version of COVID, Omicron, which has been discovered to have gone. Area. India has to face South Africa in 3 Tests, with an equal amount of ODI and 4 T20I between 17th December and 26th January.
After completing the second Test against New Zealand, she was scheduled to leave India for South Africa on December 8 or 9. Today, however, India realizes that he is likely to leave the team only on December 15 or 16. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry will discuss the South Africa tour of India at its annual general meeting in Kolkata on Saturday and a call is expected on Sunday.
BCCI and the players are leaning towards the South Africa tour, as long as the Covid situation does not deteriorate. BCCI wants to wait and see how the Omicron threat ends in the coming days. The Board is in constant contact with the Government of India and the CSA regarding the future of the South Africa Tour.
Both BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are eager to press ahead with the tour despite growing concerns about the new version of COVID. In particular, the board did not mention to Team India A that they are currently playing 3 unofficial 4-day Test matches against the hosts in Bloemfontein.
In light of concerns arising from Omicron's release, India has postponed its plans to resume international commercial passenger flights from December 15, as previously decided. The government has also implemented strict COVID-19 guidelines for international travelers at airports and updated its list of "at-risk" countries.
BCCI CONCERNED ABOUT DEVELOPING SITUATION, QUARANTINE ON RETURN
BCCI is also concerned about what will happen if players are required to undergo a strict quarantine upon their return from Rainbow Nation in January, given the tight domestic schedule after the South Africa tour.
In particular, the 3-match ODI series between the Netherlands and South Africa was postponed last month due to the threat from Omicron.
However, the South African government said it is looking forward to hosting Indian cricketers in the series and is ensuring the players' safety amid the Omicron threat.
"South Africa will take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. A comprehensive biological environment will be created around the South African and India 'A' teams, as well as the national teams," the ministry said. International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the country's foreign ministry, said in a statement on Tuesday.
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