May 22, 2022

Cricket South Africa confirm India tour will continue without the four T20Is

On Thursday, Indian Test and ODI skipper Virat Kohli said the team had expressed concern over the situation in South Africa and was awaiting clarification from the board “within 1 to next 2 days”.

“Well look, it’s quite natural, I mean, we don’t play normal times anyway, so there’s a lot of planning that’s involved, there’s a lot of preparation that’s involved in understanding exactly what’s going to happen there are players who aren’t in the squad right now who will be going into quarantine to join the team in the bubble, to fly in a charter, that kind of stuff, you want to request the clarity as soon as possible,” Kohli had mentioned.

He added that coach Rahul Dravid had started talking to the players and asking about their concerns.

“We spoke to all the senior members of the team, obviously Rahul bhai (Rahul Dravid) initiated a conversation within the group, which is very important to know because at the end of the day, we understand, I mean our focus of the test match won’t change regardless but also know that you would like to have clarity and you want to be in a situation where you know exactly what’s going on and we’ve spoken to the board and we’re pretty confident inside, you know a day or two or very soon, will have absolute clarity on what is going on.

“…But we also have to be realistic about things. You can’t know, just ignore the things that could potentially put you in a confusing place and nobody wants to be there, so I’m sure everyone’s working hard to find clarity and give us the situation as it unfolds as soon as possible and we all hope that happens soon and as I said our main focus right now is the second test and the other things are simultaneously supported,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference ahead of the second Test against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium.

The Indian A team is currently playing a series in South Africa and the BCCI has given no indication that it plans to withdraw the team from the tour.