The revamped form of COVID-19 that has caused panic in South Africa has raised concerns about India’s tour of India next month and there could be a change in the quarantine rules for players in the coming days.
India are scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is in their nearly seven-week tour starting December 17. These matches will be played in four venues Johannesburg, Centurion, Pearl and Cape Town. Cases are increasing in the northern part of the country and at least two venues of the Test series, Johannesburg and Pretoria (closer to Centurion) may be hit by this redesign. Huh.
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When a senior BCCI official was asked about this, he said, ‘Look, until we get to know from Cricket South Africa (CSA) the situation there, we will not be able to tell about our next course of action. As per the current schedule, the Indian team is scheduled to leave on December 8 or 9 after the end of the series against New Zealand in Mumbai.
BCCI may not want to say anything about the tour at present, but in the next few days it may talk to CSA about the new variant B.1.1.529, which has alerted the whole world. That even though the players will be sent from Mumbai to Johannesburg chartered aircraft, but in the changed circumstances, they may have to remain in strict quarantine for three or four days. It is known that the India A team is currently on a tour of South Africa.