May 22, 2022

Focus on India tour in South Africa, shortened tour under discussion – The New Indian Express


Express news service

CHENNAI: Even as Cricket South Africa (CSA) prepares an elaborate plan to convince BCCI to send their men’s squad for a full-fledged series from mid-December to January amid Omicron concerns, a revised schedule appears inevitable.

While BCCI officials are not ruling out the possibility of a full tour at this time, they are also indicating the possibility of an optional reduced tour. This was made necessary after it emerged that the Indian players were to undergo seven days of strict quarantine upon arrival in Johannesburg.

According to the current schedule, India is expected to leave for Johannesburg via a chartered flight on December 9 to compete in three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is. However, as it stands, there appears to be a question mark about this as the BCCI is still assessing the situation on the ground in South Africa, which has seen a spike in new cases of Covid variants, especially in Johannesburg.

Even though the tour was going to take place in a bio-secure environment, what currently bothers the BCCI is that outside of Johannesburg, the teams will stay in hotels open to other customers. This is one of the mistakes BCCI made when it hosted the IPL at home in April-May.

Speaking to the press on Friday, the Indian captain Virat Kohli said they are waiting for clarity on the tour in a few days. “Anyway, we don’t play normally. So there’s a lot of planning involved, a lot of preparation to figure out exactly what’s going to happen. We must also be realistic. We can’t just ignore the things that could potentially put you in a confusing situation. And no one wants to be there. I’m sure everyone is working hard to find clarity and give us the situation as it is as soon as possible. We all hope that will happen soon, ”Kohli said.

According to CSA’s initial plan, once the Indian team lands in Johannesburg, they are to serve a one-day quarantine until the Covid tests are completed and after that they will only be allowed to travel. in designated areas. And the team is likely to be allowed to train only in small groups from day 4.

“The two councils are discussing what is good for the players. We have not called back Team A, which shows that we have confidence in the CSA plan. The CSA said a foolproof bio-bubble would be in place. It is quite normal for players to have concerns as they have lived under demanding circumstances. We have to weigh how much more they can spend in a hard bubble with restrictive moves. We can therefore expect few changes, but whether in the itinerary or the matches, it is too early because all possibilities are being explored, ”said an official of the board of directors.

If the start is delayed, there is no chance of having a full-fledged series as India welcomes the West Indies only 10 days after their return from South Africa.