Of course, the world has been shaken by the new variant Omicron of Corona, but the Indian Cricket Board has continued Team India’s tour of South Africa. However, now a three-match Test and ODI series will be played between the two countries. Earlier this cricket series was to start from 17th December, but now it will be started from 26th December i.e. Boxing Day Test match. Earlier, a four-match T20 series was also to be organized between the two countries, but it will not be organized on this tour. This decision was taken in the 90th AGM of BCCI.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) put an end to the speculation of postponement of the tour due to the increasing spread of the new variant ‘Omicron’ of Corona, announcing on Saturday that it will not be cancelled. Will go At the same time, BCCI secretary Jay Shah issued a statement saying- ‘The Indian team will go to South Africa for three Tests and three ODIs. Four T20 matches will be played later. Since Team India will now leave a week late, it seems that according to the original schedule, the first Test will not be held in Johannesburg from December 17, although it has been said from the CSA that the tour of the Indian team will be as per the original schedule. Minor changes have been made, such as the timing of the arrival of the Indian team.
This tour will be with strict corona protocol and the venues will be selected keeping in mind the safety of the players and the bio-secure environment. The Indian team was earlier supposed to leave on December 9. It is worth noting that Omicron has originated from South Africa and its cases are increasing continuously there. Due to this the Netherlands team abandoned their tour in the middle. CSA also had to postpone its home matches as some players were found to be positive. The India ‘A’ team, however, remained in South Africa, giving hope that the senior team’s tour would not be cancelled. India has not even stopped flights from South Africa, although it has kept it in the ‘risk’ category. CSA would have suffered a huge financial loss if the Indian team’s tour was cancelled. CSA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Foletsi Mosecki has thanked the BCCI for standing together in these difficult times.