Amid the uncertainty surrounding India’s South African tour due to Corona’s new variant ‘Omicron’, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that the tour is still going as per the schedule. The first Test is from December 17, so BCCI has time to discuss it now.
Speaking to the media during an event in Kolkata on Tuesday, Sourav further said that the second Test between India and New Zealand is going to happen. After that let’s see what happens. Dada, however, did say that the safety of the players has always been the priority of the BCCI and it will be taken care of. On the questions being raised on Hardik Pandya’s fitness and Kapil Dev objecting to him being called an all-rounder, Sourav said that Hardik Pandya is not fit, so he is not in the team at the moment. He is a young player. Hopefully he will get fit soon and return to the team.
Sourav further said that Hardik Pandya should not be compared with Kapil Dev. He was a player of a different level. Sourav praised Team India’s wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha’s battling batting in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, saying that Wriddhiman saved India from losing the match by batting courageously. When asked about the BCCI’s annual general meeting to be held in Kolkata after a long time, Sourav said that in this, the year-long work of BCCI will be reviewed and the work to be done next year will be discussed.
Let us tell you that Team India is currently playing a two-match Test series against New Zealand on its soil, whose first match was held in Kanpur and this match ended with a draw. Now the second match will be played in Mumbai from December 3 and only after that the Indian team will leave for South Africa. India had earlier defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the 3-match T20I series.