India vs South Africa: According to reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have come to a consensus that India will travel to South Africa later this month for three Tests and three One-Day Internationals. The first Test is set to commence on December 26.
The assurance came from both boards – BCCI and CSA – who had been in lengthy talks over the tour’s destiny, which had been jeopardised due to the spread of the deadly Omicron virus, a type of Covid-19, in African countries.
The four twenty20 Internationals will be played at a later date, according to the two boards. The series’ locations are still to be determined, although it is possible that the first Test, which would take place on Boxing Day, may not be held in Durban, which has historically hosted the Boxing Day Test at Centurion.
Cricbuzz has reported that the South African board has limits because of the Bio Security Environment, and they have restricted alternatives in terms of site selection. As a result, the matches will be limited to the Gauteng region, which includes Centurion, Wanderers, Newlands in Cape Town, and Paarl.
These are the same venues that were chosen when the schedule was set for three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and four Twenty20 Internationals. The CSA has maintained the same venues, although the whole programme has yet to be finalised. The second Test is likely to be hosted at the Wanderers due to logistical and operational ease (both Centurion and Wanderers are one hour drive apart), despite the fact that the New Year Test is normally held in Cape Town.
Jay Shah has previously verified the news. In an interview with ANI in Kolkata, where the BCCI is conducting its AGM on Saturday, December 4, he said: “BCCI has confirmed CSA that the Indian team will travel for three Tests and three ODIs. The remaining four T20Is will be played at a later date.”
CSA said that it will announce the schedule in 48 hours. “CSA is also pleased to confirm that the allocation of match venues will still be in respect of the Bubble Safe Environment (BSEs) and therefore the decision on the allocations will take into account the need for safer playing environments. CSA has instituted these world-class standards and measures to ensure that all players, staff and officials are protected within this environment. CSA’s main focus is to safeguard the cricket biosphere by managing strict entry standards and limited movement outside of its cordon. CSA will confirm the venues in the next 48 hours,” the South Africa board said.
The Indian Men’s Team’s upcoming tour of South Africa was put into serious doubt after the emergence of the new strain of the Covid-19 virus, Omicron, with rising concerns over travelling. India’s Test and One-Day International captain, Virat Kohli, stated on Thursday (December 2) that a discussion has begun inside the squad and that the matter would be clarified shortly. Kohli had also stated that the matter cannot be ignored and that it must be dealt with in a “realistic” manner.