Johannesburg, PTI: The first match of the three-match Test series between India and South Africa will be played from December 26, which will be the Boxing Day Test match. According to a report, the first Test between India and South Africa starting in Centurion will be played without spectators as the host country’s cricket board is not selling tickets in view of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.
According to the Afrikaans-language weekly newspaper ‘Report’, only a small number of people will be able to watch the match live. Although two thousand fans are allowed under the current Corona Protocol implemented by the government, Cricket South Africa i.e. CSA is not in a position to take any kind of risk at this time. That is why the first Test will be held behind closed doors, at least for the time being.
However, the organizers are waiting to see if there are any changes in the government rules regarding COVID-19 next week. No tickets are currently being sold at the Wanderers for the second Test starting on January 3. “Please note, no announcement has been made regarding ticket sales for the upcoming Test match between South Africa and India at the Wanderers Stadium,” the stadium’s official Twitter handle said.
For your information, let us tell you that due to the new variant Omicron of Corona virus, this series has been pushed forward by ten days. Even the Indian team was to play the T20 series on the tour of South Africa, but this limited overs series has been canceled, while the three-match Test series and the same number of ODI series are to be played by the Indian team on this tour. .