The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA) over pushing again the beginning of the Take a look at sequence by per week because it ponders over the specter of the brand new Covid-19 variant, Omicron.
India had been scheduled to go away for South Africa on December 8 or 9 following the completion of the 2nd Take a look at towards New Zealand. The tour includes three Assessments, three ODIs and 4 T20Is from December 17 to January 26.
Nevertheless, now, in keeping with a report in India Right this moment the Indian workforce is prone to depart solely on December 15 or later. The BCCI will talk about this subject in its AGM on Saturday in Kolkata and a choice is anticipated to be introduced by Sunday.
“The BCCI and the gamers are inclined in direction of touring South Africa, supplied the Covid state of affairs doesn’t blow up. BCCI desires to attend and watch how the Omicron menace will develop over the subsequent few days. The board is in fixed contact with the Indian authorities and CSA over the destiny of the South Africa tour,” mentioned a report in India Right this moment.
“Each the BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are eager on going forward with the tour regardless of rising issues over the brand new Covid variant.”
BCCI involved over quarantine of Indian gamers upon return to dwelling
The board can be involved about the truth that the gamers could should bear quarantine upon returning dwelling from South Africa, contemplating that they host West Indies in February.
Nevertheless, the South Africa authorities mentioned it’s hopeful of internet hosting India for the sequence and warranted security and safety for the gamers amid Omicron menace.
“South Africa will take all precautions mandatory to make sure the well being and security of the Indian groups. A full Bio-secure surroundings will likely be established round each the South African and Indian ‘A’ Groups in addition to the 2 Nationwide Groups,” the Division of Worldwide Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), which is the nation’s overseas ministry, mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.
In the meantime, the BCCI has agreed to permit the continuing India ‘A’ tour to proceed in South Africa.