May 22, 2022

Indian tour of South Africa may be delayed due to Omicron scare; BCCI awaits government response

The upcoming bilateral series between India and South Africa may be postponed due to the looming threat of the latest COVID-19 Omicron variant. According to news agency ANI, the Indian and South African cricket boards are in constant contact and a decision could be taken to push back the series for a week keeping in mind the safety of all involved. A senior BCCI official told ANI that the Indian board is currently awaiting a response from the government, adding that “the health and safety of our players is of utmost importance.”

“We are discussing pushing the series back for a week due to the threat of the Omicron Variant COVID and we are awaiting the green light from the Government of India, the two boards are in constant contact and everything is under discussion. The health and safety of our players are of the utmost importance,” the senior official was quoted by ANI as saying.

Earlier, Anurag Thakur, the Union Sports Minister, said that BCCI should consult the government before sending a team to a country where the new variant of Coronavirus has emerged. Thakur added that it is not fair to send a sports team to a country where there is a threat. The minister added that the government will deliberate on the matter if the BCCI consults them.

Earlier, BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly said the bilateral series between India and South Africa is on schedule and the board is continuously monitoring the situation in the African country. southern. India’s Channel 2 squad of players such as Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Chahar are already in South Africa, playing three unofficial Test matches until December 9.

The senior men’s team is set to leave for South Africa on December 8 or 9 after the current series against New Zealand ends.

The new COVID-19 variant, which the WHO has named B.1.1.529, has caused serious concern at sporting events in South Africa, as two rounds of the United Rugby Championship were previously postponed after teams from the country Wales, Italy and Ireland surrendered. back home. Meanwhile, the Netherlands played a rainy ODI against South Africa, but the rest of the tour is still uncertain.

(With ANI entries)

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