August 13, 2022

We are not aware of a possible postponement of the India tour to South Africa

Lawson Naidoo, the chairman of Cricket South Africa (CSA), confirmed on Friday that the board had not had any discussions with the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) on the postponement or delay to come India‘s tour of South Africa.

It has been reported in the past two days that departure from India to South Africa, which is slated for December 8 or 9, could be delayed by a week as BCCI wants to assess details of the threat posed by the new Covid-. 19 variant, Omicron, in South Africa.

India is currently hosting New Zealand in Mumbai and is expected to depart shortly thereafter for the South Africa tour which includes three tests, three ODIs and four T20Is from December 17 to January 26.

The Indian team beat England by 157 points in the fourth oval test. (Credit: Twitter)

Naidoo said both councils are keen on getting the tour but will keep an eye on Omicron’s situation and take their final call soon.

“We are not aware of any postponement of the Indian cricket tour in South Africa. We engage with BCCI to make sure the tour runs smoothly. Any modification of the schedule will be discussed by the two councils. We are in regular contact with the BCCI to ensure that the tour can take place in a safe environment for all players and officials, ”Naidoo told IANS via email.

A chartered plane will take them to and from South Africa: Lawson Naidoo

Lawson Naidoo stressed that a tour of the Indian team would be a big financial boost for any country. He assured that players will be kept in sealed bio-secure bubbles throughout their stay.

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South African test team. (Photo: Twitter)

“A tour of India to any country is a big financial boost for the host country. The England and Australia matches have been revamped for the coming years, the financial impact will be therefore ultimately negligible.

“It was always intended that the games would take place in an ESB (bio-secure environment) setup, the same measures that were put in place to ensure that tours of Sri Lanka and Pakistan go off without a hitch earlier this year. . . The Indian team must travel by chartered plane to ensure safe travel. A chartered plane will fly them to and from South Africa. The hotels have all been properly protected with full Covid protocols in place, ”explained the president of the CSA.

BCCI, meanwhile, are also concerned that Indian players may have to undergo quarantine upon their return from South Africa, given they host the West Indies in February.

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