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Confident there will be clarity soon on India’s tour of South Africa: Kohli

Due to the threat of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron globally, there has been several doubts over India’s tour of South Africa as the new variant was first detected in the host nation and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to take a final call on the fate of the tour.

Recently, several reports have claimed that the India board is in constant touch with Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the tour is likely to be delayed.

On Thursday, India captain Virat Kohli said that head coach Rahul Dravid has initiated a conversation within the group about the series as ther has been lack of clarity on the issue.

“We are not playing in normal times anyway, so there are lots of planning involved, lots of preparation that is involved. There are players who are not part of the group now, will be entering quarantine to join the team and fly to South Africa in a chartered flight. So, there are lot of things that you would want a clarity on as soon as possible,” Kohli said on the eve of India’s second Test against New Zealand, scheduled to begin on Friday at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

“We have spoken to the senior members of the squad and Rahul bhai has initiated a conversation within the group, which is very important to know. Our focus from the second Test will not shift regardless, but it is also important to have clarity and you want to be in a position where you know what exactly is going on. We have been talking to the Board and we are pretty confident that within a day or two or pretty soon, we will have clarity as to what is going on,” he added.

Kohli hoped he and his team will soon receive a clear picture of the issue.

“We need to be realistic about things as well. We cannot ignore the things that could potentially put you in a confusing state. No one wants to be there, so everyone is working hard to find clarity and giving us the situation as it unfolds, as soon as possible. That will happen soon,” the India captain expressed.

Earlier on Tuesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

India’s tour of South Africa likley to be delayed by a week

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly trying to push the start of the Test against South Africa by a week due to the threat of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron.

As per reports, the Indian board is in talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA) for it.

Notably, after the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, India is scheduled to leave for South Africa on December 8 or 9 for the tour, which comprises of three Tests, as many ODIs and four T20Is between December 17 and January 26.

However, now, according to a report in India Today, the Indian team is expected to depart only on December 15 or later and the board will discuss this topic in its AGM in Kolkata, which is scheduled to be held on Saturday.

The report said that a final call is expected to be announced by Sunday.

“The BCCI and the players are inclined towards touring South Africa, provided the Covid situation doesn’t blow up. BCCI wants to wait and watch how the Omicron threat will develop over the next few days. The board is in constant touch with the Indian government and CSA over the fate of the South Africa tour,” said a report in India Today.

“Both the BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are keen on going ahead with the tour despite rising concerns over the new Covid variant,” it added.

Meanwhile, the selection committee meeting for India’s tour of South Africa has also been put on hold as the BCCI is now waiting for a formal approval from the Indian government to send the team to South Africa.

According to reports, there are plenty of confusion over the tour and the series is likely to be rescheduled where the two teams might play two instead of three Tests.

Earlier on Tuesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

BCCI awaits govt clearance for SA tour, series likely to be rescheduled: Report

The selection committee meeting for India’s tour of South Africa has been put on hold due to the new variant of COVID-19 creating panic globally, especially in the southern African nations.

Notably, there has been concern on the spread of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron – which was first reported in South Africa and has spread to many parts of the world with several nations now suspending flights to and from the country.

After the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, India is scheduled to play a three-Test series, as many ODIs and four T20Is during the tour, which will conclude on January 26 however, the new Covid threat has put the tour under doubt.

As per a report in Times of India (TOI), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now waiting for a formal approval from the Indian government to send the team to South Africa.

According to reports, there are plenty of confusion over the tour and the series is likely to be rescheduled where the two teams might play two instead of three Tests.

Players like Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who were rested for the New Zealand series, were asked to enter a mandatory quarantine in Mumbai from December 3 however, according to the report, they are yet to be given a clear itinerary.

“Until the players get a reply from the BCCI, confusion will prevail because nobody knows anything. But if you look at the statement that’s been released by a ministerial department of the government of South Africa, it emphasizes on the security process and thanks BCCI for the deep relationship the two countries have shared. That’s their way of saying, ‘come and we’ll take care’. The ball is now in BCCI’s court,” sources privy to developments told Times of India (TOI).

Earlier on Tuesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

The tour is on, we still have time to decide: Ganguly on India’s tour of South Africa

With the doubts looming around India’s upcoming tour of South Africa due to the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

Notably, there has been concern on the spread of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron – which was first reported in South Africa and has spread to many parts of the world with several nations now suspending flights to and from the country.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

After the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand in Mumbai, Team India is scheduled to fly to Johannesburg on December 8 or 9 on a chartered flight.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

India is scheduled to play a three-Test series, as many ODIs and four T20Is during the tour, which will conclude on January 26.

Moreover, the ministry thanked the BCCI for continuing the India A tour.

“India’s decision to show solidarity by choosing to continue with the tour of the Indian ‘A’ Team stands in contrast with a number of countries who have decided to close their borders and to restrict travel from Southern African after South Africa announced the detection of the new Omicron variant,” it said.

“The South African Government has expressed its appreciation to the BCCI for allowing the tour to continue and for not letting travel restrictions negatively impact on international sports,” it added.

Earlier, while reacting on the possibility of a spike in pandemic, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had said that they are monitoring the situation in different parts of their country and will keep the BCCI updated about the developments.

South Africa govt assures best bio-secure environment for Team India in upcoming tour

The spread of a new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation has raised doubts over India’s upcoming tour to South Africa however, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of the host nation has given full assurance to the Indian government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry has said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19

Significantly, the Omicron variant, which was reportedly first detected in South Africa, has spread to many parts of the world with several nations now suspending flights to and from the country.

Meanwhile, the India ‘A’ team is currently in Bloemfontein and playing the second unofficial Test against South Africa.

Issuing a statement, the ministry said: “The South African Government wishes to welcome the Indian ‘A’ Cricket Team that is currently in South Africa to play three unofficial test matches against the South African ‘A’ Team. The Indian ‘A’ Team is based in Bloemfontein and will start the second match of the tour today, 29 November 2021. The last match will commence on 6 December 2021.”

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it added.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it said.

Significantly, the India senior team is scheduled to tour South Africa following the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand.

India is scheduled to play a three-Test series, as many ODIs and four T20Is during the tour, which will conclude on January 26.

Moreover, the ministry thanked the BCCI for continuing the India A tour.

“India’s decision to show solidarity by choosing to continue with the tour of the Indian ‘A’ Team stands in contrast with a number of countries who have decided to close their borders and to restrict travel from Southern African after South Africa announced the detection of the new Omicron variant,” it said.

“The South African Government has expressed its appreciation to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allowing the tour to continue and for not letting travel restrictions negatively impact on international sports,” it added.

Earlier, while reacting on the possibility of a spike in pandemic, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had said that they are monitoring the situation in different parts of their country and will keep the BCCI updated about the developments.

Decision on CVC Sports, media rights to be taken at IPL GC on Dec 3

The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Governing Council (GC) will meet in Kolkata on Friday (December 3) which is expected to take some crucial decisions regarding the lucrative tournament.

First of all, the GC would take a call on the CVC Sports issue as the company’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the IPL came under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company.

Recently, the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta had reportedly asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to form a committee, whose final report will be produced at the GC meet.

Notably, a report in Cricbuzz claimed that the GC is likely to give a green signal.

“The GC is expected to give a formal nod to the CVC Sports for the Ahmedabad franchise unless there is an unlikely last minute twist,” the report said.

Even as the CVC Sports had acquired the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores on October 25 in Dubai, the owners is yet to receive a Letter of Intent from the BCCI.

CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Apart from the CVC matter, the board will also have to finalise the media rights tender for the cash-rich league as it had said that the tender will be out immediately after the sale of two new teams on October 25 in Dubai however, it hasn’t yet happened.

Moreover, the report further stated that former India Test cricketer Brijaesh Patel’s tenure as the IPL Chairman will also see an extension.

“Cricbuzz understands that Brijesh Patel of Karnataka and Khairul Jamal Majumdar from North East will be re-elected to the GC the next day and the former’s term as the chairman of the IPL is all set to be extended by another year,” the report said.

“It is learnt that only those two have filed the nomination for the GC membership. Pragyan Ojha will continue to be the representative of the players association,” it added.

BCCI reaches to Solicitor General of India on CVC Sports issue: Report

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly discussed the CVC Sports matter to the Solicitor General of India – Tushar Mehta – who represents the board in matters not involving the Government of India.

Even as the CVC Sports had acquired the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores on October 25 in Dubai, the owners is yet to receive a Letter of Intent from the BCCI.

CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.

CVC, an American firm, has been trying its best to explain to the Indian board that their investment in a UK betting firm is not illegal.

As per reports, the CVC has tried to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal and recently, few top CVC officials had flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

However, now the initial recommendation from Solicitor General is believed to be positive.

“The initial recommendation from Solicitor General is believed to be positive but he is also understood to have advised the BCCI to take a second legal opinion. While it couldn’t be confirmed if the board has indeed gone in for a second opinion, those in the know have indicated that the matter is going to be settled soon, with a committee of legal experts at work,” a report in Cricbuzz stated.

Notably, the retention deadline for the existing eight IPL franchises has been set for November 30. However, the report suggested that due to the present circumstances, it may be extended by a week to allow both new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – equal number of days to figure out their own retentions.

Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December.

The IPL 2022, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Although the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the board had internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

Maharashtra govt allows 25% capacity for 2nd Test at Wankhede stadium

The Maharashtra government has allowed 25 per cent crowd for the second and final Test between India and New Zealand, which will begin at the Wankhede stadium from December 3 however, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is reportedly pushing for more.

The historical Wankhede stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 and 25 per cent attendance meanws only 7,500 spectators will be allowed to witness live action from inside the stadium.

As per reports, a MCA official has said they would try to get the limit increased to atleast 50 per cent.

Significantly, the last Test at the Wankhede stadium was against England in December 2016 and the upcoming contest will mark the return of international cricket at the iconic venue after COVID-19 had disrupted the game for a long time.

Several reports suggests that the Maharashtra government is taking the precaution, keeping in mind the new emergence COVID variant in South Africa and although India is yet to report its first case in the new variant, the state government is trying to take no chance.

On Saturday due to concerns over the new Covid-19 variant, hosts Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) had announced to mutually postpone the three-match ODI series between their national sides.

With the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in South Africa, many countries around the world had imposed restrictions on flights arriving from South Africa following which there were also concerns in the Netherlands camp following which the series was postponed.

“We are disappointed by the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in, but the comfort of all visiting teams must always be paramount,” CSA Acting CEO, Pholetsi Moseki said on Friday adding: “The mental well-being of players is one of CSA’s top priorities, and we respect our visitors’ position and point of view. CSA and KNCB will get into discussions around possibly rescheduling the tour within this cycle of the ICC Future Tours Programme ending in 2023.”

On the other hand, the Indian team is also scheduled to travel South Africa for three Tests, as many ODIs and four-match ODI series after the ongoing home series against New Zealand. However, the spread of the new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation has raised doubts over the upcoming tour.

The fourth wave of the pandemic is likely to witness a peak in South Africa in the next few weeks which would coincide with India’s tour.

Reacting on the possibility of a spike in pandemic, CSA had said that they are monitoring the situation in different parts of their country and will keep the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated about the developments.

“We are in contact with the BCCI and there is no prejudice to the Indian tour to South Africa at this stage. We will, of course, continue to monitor developments regarding the spread of the virus and keep the BCCI informed. As CSA we remain committed to ensuring that all visiting teams and Proteas players are afforded a safe environment to play cricket,” Lawson Naidoo, the head of CSA, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Indian ‘A’ men’s team is currently in South Africa and is scheduled to play two more four-day games which start on November 29 and December 6 after the first affair ended in a draw.

South Africa-Netherlands ODI series postponed due to new Covid variant

Hosts Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) have announced to mutually postpone the three-match ODI series due to concerns over the new Covid-19 variant.

With the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in South Africa, many countries around the world had imposed restrictions on flights arriving from South Africa following which there were also concerns in the Netherlands camp following which the series was postponed.

The two teams have already played the first ODI on Friday (November 26) which ended in a no-result due to continous rain in the second part of the innings.

The two boards – CSA and KNCB – would now hope to complete the remaining matches of the series before the completion of the ODI league cycle in 2023.

“We are disappointed by the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in, but the comfort of all visiting teams must always be paramount,” CSA Acting CEO, Pholetsi Moseki said.

“The mental well-being of players is one of CSA’s top priorities, and we respect our visitors’ position and point of view. CSA and KNCB will get into discussions around possibly rescheduling the tour within this cycle of the ICC Future Tours Programme ending in 2023,” he added.

On the other hand, chairman of the KNCB Jurgen Delfos said: “We are saddened by these circumstances, but are grateful to Cricket South Africa for their assistance and understanding of our team’s position. It must be made clear that the concerns are strictly over travel issues and how soon the team can get home and have nothing to do with the integrity of the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE) that CSA has successfully hosted. Our team has been pleased with every aspect of the organisation of the tour and have been well treated by our hosts.”

“We have been looking forward to this series against the Proteas for some time and are keen on returning to South Africa in the near future,” he added.

Meanwhile, CSA further said that the visiting Netherlands team will remain in the BSE hotel until their return flights have been finalised.

On the other hand, the Indian team is also scheduled to travel South Africa for three Tests, as many ODIs and four-match ODI series however, the spread of the new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation has raised doubts over the upcoming tour.

The fourth wave of the pandemic is likely to witness a peak in South Africa in the next few weeks which would coincide with India’s tour.

Reacting on the possibility of a spike in pandemic, CSA had said that they are monitoring the situation in different parts of their country and will keep the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated about the developments.

“We are in contact with the BCCI and there is no prejudice to the Indian tour to South Africa at this stage. We will, of course, continue to monitor developments regarding the spread of the virus and keep the BCCI informed. As CSA we remain committed to ensuring that all visiting teams and Proteas players are afforded a safe environment to play cricket,” Lawson Naidoo, the head of CSA, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Indian ‘A’ men’s team is currently in South Africa and is scheduled to play two more four-day games which start on November 29 and December 6 after the first affair ended in a draw.

As per report, the touring team, which is currently in Bloemfontein, had a series of meetings with the CSA officials and the local medical team following which it decided to complete the three-match series.

CSA in touch with BCCI amid fears of new Covid-19 variant in South Africa

After the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, Team India is scheduled to tour South Africa for three Tests, as many ODIs and four-match ODI series however, the spread of a new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation has raised doubts over the upcoming tour.

Significantly, the new Covid-19 variant has caused panic globally and its presence has also been felt in South Africa in the past few days.

Meanwhile, several reports have also suggested that the fourth wave of the pandemic is likely to witness a peak in South Africa in the next few weeks which would coincide with India’s tour.

Reacting on the possibility of a spike in pandemic, Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday said that they are monitoring the situation in different parts of their country and will keep the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated about the developments.

“We are in contact with the BCCI and there is no prejudice to the Indian tour to South Africa at this stage. We will, of course, continue to monitor developments regarding the spread of the virus and keep the BCCI informed. As CSA we remain committed to ensuring that all visiting teams and Proteas players are afforded a safe environment to play cricket,” Lawson Naidoo, the head of CSA, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Indian ‘A’ men’s team is currently in South Africa and is scheduled to play two more four-day games which start on November 29 and December 6 after the first affair ended in a draw.

As per report, the touring team, which is currently in Bloemfontein, had a series of meetings with the CSA officials and the local medical team following which it decided to complete the three-match series.

“The distance between the two places is over 1000 miles and we have been told that there is no immediate health hazard. We have had discussions with the CSA officials and the medical team. The team hotel and the ground area have been sanitised and we’re in a bio-bubble,” team manager Anil Patel was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“At this stage, we have decided to stay on,” he added.

Significantly, the government of India has ordered rigorous screening and testing of international travellers, particularly of those arriving from or through Botswana, South Africa, and Hong Kong due to the spread of the new Covid variant.

Earlier this year, the Indian team had refused to play a Test in Manchester against hosts England due to Covid-19 related fears.

Notably, international cricket in South Africa had witnessed severe disruption previous year due to the Covid-19 pandemic as England had abandoned their tour without playing the ODI series while Australia had opted not to travel to play a three-match Test series. The two series had resulted in huge revenue loss for CSA.