Amidst the Omicron scare and increasing cases, Team India's tour of South Africa may be delayed by a week. India A team is currently touring South Africa. While the BCCI has not yet canceled the tour, the cricket board is seriously considering postponing the senior team's trip. The Indian team was to travel by charter flight on December 9. But currently, it is on hold.
According to reports, the BCCI has been negotiating with Cricket South Africa. About a postponement following the discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in several countries, including southern Africa. The selection of squads for the South Africa tour is facing delay as a result. The meeting was supposed to take place following India's first Test against New Zealand. However, because the Indian board is in constant contact with its South African counterpart. It makes sense to hold the selection meeting once the path ahead has been clarified.
We are discussing to push back the series by a week due to the threat of the Omicron
We are discussing pushing back the series by a week. Due to the threat of the Omicron COVID variant and we are awaiting the Indian government nod. Both boards are in constant touch and everything is being discussed. The health and safety of our players are of utmost importance,” the senior official informs ANI. India's tour of South Africa consists of three Tests and one ODI. Followed by four T20Is, with the first Test scheduled for December 17. In a related development, the South African government recently stated that they will provide a safe haven for Team India players. If they visit the country to complete their scheduled series.
“South Africa will take all necessary precautions. To ensure the Indian teams' health and safety.” A complete bio-secure environment will be there around the South African and Indian 'A' Teams. As well as the two National Teams.“India's decision to show solidarity by continuing with the tour of the Indian 'A' Team contrasts with several countries that have decided to close their borders and restrict travel from Southern Africa,” said the country's foreign ministry, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), as quoted by The Indian Express .
Cricket fans across the world are excited for this series, especially the fans of these teams. We hope that both the cricketing board keeping in mind the safety of all the players comes to a decision soon.
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