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Anrich Nortje ruled out of upcoming Test series against India

In a massive setback for South Africa, fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match Test series against India with a “persistent injury,” the host nation’s cricket board announced on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed the development and didn’t announced any replacement for the injured paer.

“Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the 3-match #BetwayTestSeries due to a persistent injury Ambulance. No replacement will be brought in,” the CSA tweeted.

Notably, 28-year-old Nortje has been South Africa’s premier fast bowler across formats in recent times and has played five of his 12 Tests this year. He had last represented South Africa in the longest format in the West Indies earlier in June this year and ended up picking eight wickets across two Test matches on the tour and starred in a 2-0 series win for the visitors.

Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the upcoming Test and ODI series between touring India and the hosts will be played in the absence of spectators. The call was taken as a precautionary step by CSA amid the rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

The first Test between the two sides is slated to begin from December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Issuing a statement, the CSA said: “Regrettably, CSA wishes to inform the most ardent fans of cricket as well as all sports lovers that owing to the increasing COVID cases around the world, and the fourth wave locally, the two cricketing bodies have taken a joint decision to protect the players and the tour by NOT making tickets available for the India vs Proteas offerings. This decision was taken in order to avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspective and to also maintain a hazard-free bubble environment.”

“At this stage we would like to remind all cricket fans that the tour and the matches will still be broadcast on SuperSport and SABC platforms. In addition to this and as part of ongoing efforts to increase the reach of cricket, CSA is exploring other alternative public viewing activations which will ensure that a limited number of fans are able to enjoy the summer cricket atmosphere with other fans via activation sites, while still observing the strictest safety measures and exercising duty of care. CSA will announce the available alternative public viewing activations as soon as the relevant approvals have been secured,” it added.

Meanwhile, Pholetsi Moseki, CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer said: “We acknowledge the interest expressed by the fans and other stakeholders on being able to return to stadiums and want to assure all cricket fans that this decision was not taken lightly, but was instead taken in the best interest of the game and in the interest of the health and safety of all patrons. Consequently, we urge all sport lovers to exercise absolute care, during these extraordinary times.”

“I also wish to take this time to urge all South Africans to continue spreading the positive messages of VACCINATION, VACCINATION AND VACCINATION, because this is the only way that we can truly get our country back into its high economic activity, which will assist government to open up the economy and all its forms of economic activity, including allowing greater numbers of fans back into stadiums,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Mzansi Super League, the premier professional Twenty20 cricket league held annually in South Africa, was on Monday cancelled for the second successive year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

Earlier, the current India’s tour of South Africa was also rescheduled and the T20Is were postponed for later in 2022.

South Africa Squad:

Dean Elgar (Captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.

India-South Africa series to be played behind closed door

The upcoming Test and ODI series between touring India and hosts South Africa will be played in the absence of spectators, which has been taken as a precautionary step by Cricket South Africa (CSA) amid the rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

The first Test between the two sides is slated to begin from December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Issuing a statement, the CSA said: “Regrettably, CSA wishes to inform the most ardent fans of cricket as well as all sports lovers that owing to the increasing COVID cases around the world, and the fourth wave locally, the two cricketing bodies have taken a joint decision to protect the players and the tour by NOT making tickets available for the India vs Proteas offerings. This decision was taken in order to avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspective and to also maintain a hazard-free bubble environment.”

“At this stage we would like to remind all cricket fans that the tour and the matches will still be broadcast on SuperSport and SABC platforms. In addition to this and as part of ongoing efforts to increase the reach of cricket, CSA is exploring other alternative public viewing activations which will ensure that a limited number of fans are able to enjoy the summer cricket atmosphere with other fans via activation sites, while still observing the strictest safety measures and exercising duty of care. CSA will announce the available alternative public viewing activations as soon as the relevant approvals have been secured,” it added.

Meanwhile, Pholetsi Moseki, CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer said: “We acknowledge the interest expressed by the fans and other stakeholders on being able to return to stadiums and want to assure all cricket fans that this decision was not taken lightly, but was instead taken in the best interest of the game and in the interest of the health and safety of all patrons. Consequently, we urge all sport lovers to exercise absolute care, during these extraordinary times.”

“I also wish to take this time to urge all South Africans to continue spreading the positive messages of VACCINATION, VACCINATION AND VACCINATION, because this is the only way that we can truly get our country back into its high economic activity, which will assist government to open up the economy and all its forms of economic activity, including allowing greater numbers of fans back into stadiums,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Mzansi Super League, the premier professional Twenty20 cricket league held annually in South Africa, was on Monday cancelled for the second successive year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

Earlier, the current India’s tour of South Africa was also rescheduled and the T20Is were postponed for later in 2022.

India’s tour of South Africa (Updated Schedule):

TEST SERIES

26-30 December 21 – 1st Test – SuperSport Park, Centurion
03-07 January 22 – 2nd Test – Imperial Wanderers, Johannesburg
11-15 January 22 – 3rd Test – Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town

ODI SERIES

19 January 22 – 1st ODI – Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl

21 January 22 – 2nd ODI – Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
23 January 22 – 3rd ODI – Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town

South Africa’s Mzansi Super League T20 cancelled due to Covid-19 scare

The Mzansi Super League, the premier professional Twenty20 cricket league held annually in South Africa, was on Monday cancelled for the second successive year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s cricket board has confirmed.

The decision to cancel the 2022 edition of the Mzansi Super League, which was scheduled to be held in February, was taken due to increased travel restrictions imposed by many countries on South Africa after the emergence of the Omicron variant, making it difficult to host the tournament.

Earlier, the 2020 edition of the T20 league was also cancelled due to logistical challenges due to the pandemic.

“The decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the MSL is meant to allow CSA and its strategic partners to revamp and review the tournament post-Covid-19 to regain its market and commercial position. For its purposes, the MSL slot will again be replaced by a domestic CSA T20 Challenge, featuring the 8 (eight) Division 1 teams and this tournament will take place in February 2022,” Cricket South Africa (CSA)’s acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki said.

The board meanwhile, also said the Mzansi Super League will be replaced by a domestic T20 Challenge tournament featuring eight first division teams.

Notably, South Africa reported a record number of daily infections last week in a fourth wave caused by the Omicron variant.

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

Later, India’s tour was also rescheduled after the BCCI and the CSA reached an agreement and the T20I series, which was earlier a part of the tour, was postponed to a later date.

The series, which was earlier scheduled to begin from December 17, will later decided to begin from December 26.

The first Test will be played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion between December 26 and 30 while the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg will host the second Test from January.

The third match of the series will be played in Newlands in Cape Town between January 11 to 15 which will be followed by the ODI series.

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.

Rohit replaces Kohli as India ODI skipper

Rohit Sharma was on Wednesday appointed as the captain of Team India for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa.

Meanwhile, Rohit was also promoted to the role of the vice captain for India’s Test team.

The development came as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced a 18-member squad, to be led by Virat Kohli, for the upcoming Test series in South Africa.

On the other hand, ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja misses a place in the Test squad along with Shubman Gill, Axar Patel and Rahul Chahar as all of them are injured and are currently undergoing rehabilitation.

Issuing a statement, the board announced: “The following players were not available for selection due to injuries and are currently undergoing rehabilitation: Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar.”

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee also decided to name Mr Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI & T20I teams going forward,” it added.

Notably, India will play three-Test series in Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town on their tour of South Africa which will begin on December 26 after being delayed for a week due to the sudden threat of new Covid-19 variant – Omnicron – in the host country.

Earlier on Monday, Cricket South Africa (CSA), the governing body for the sport of cricket in South Africa, had announced the updated schedule of the Indian men’s cricket team’s upcoming tour of South Africa.

Notably, the spread of a new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation had raised doubts over the upcoming tour however, 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.

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.

India’s Test squad:

Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Md. Siraj.

Standby Players: Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

India tour of South Africa 2021-22 schedule:

1st Test (December 26-30): Centurion

2nd Test (January 03-07): Johannesburg

3rd Test (January 11-15): Cape Town

1st ODI (January 19): Paarl

2nd ODI (January 21): Paarl

3rd ODI (January 23): Cape Town

Revised schedule for India’s tour of South Africa announced

Cricket South Africa (CSA), the governing body for the sport of cricket in South Africa, on Monday announced the updated schedule of the Indian men’s cricket team’s upcoming tour of South Africa.

The series, which was earlier scheduled to begin from December 17, will now begin from December 26.

The first Test will be played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion between December 26 and 30 while the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg will host the second Test from January.

The third match of the series will be played in Newlands in Cape Town between January 11 to 15.

Issuing a statement, the CSA said: “It is a pleasure for Cricket South Africa (CSA) to confirm the updated schedule for the India men’s tour to South Africa. As announced over the weekend, the tour has been reduced from three series to two: the Betway Test and One-Day International series, taking place from 26 December to 23 January 2022 across four venues, following successful engagement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” the official CSA release stated.

Meanwhile, India will also play three ODIs during the tour. On the other hand, the T20I series has already been portponed.

“The Test series will form part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODI series will form part of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League, the qualification tournament for the 2023 ICC Men’s World Cup,” the CSA release further stated.

Notably, the spread of a new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation had raised doubts over the upcoming tour however, 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.

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.

India’s tour of South Africa (Updated Schedule):

TEST SERIES

26-30 December 21 – 1st Test – SuperSport Park, Centurion
03-07 January 22 – 2nd Test – Imperial Wanderers, Johannesburg
11-15 January 22 – 3rd Test – Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town

ODI SERIES

19 January 22 – 1st ODI – Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl

21 January 22 – 2nd ODI – Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
23 January 22 – 3rd ODI – Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town

South Africa series from Dec 26, 5-day Tests for women’s team: BCCI in its AGM

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday confirmed that the upcoming India tour of South Africa will begin from December 26 while the T20Is have been postponed to a later date.

The issue of the tour of South Africa was one of the several decisions taken by the BCCI in its 90th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kolkata.

“Indi’s tour of South Africa, 2021-22, will proceed with the revised dates and itinerary. The team will participate in a three-match Test series followed by a three-match ODI series starting December 26th, 2021,” read the BCCI’s statement in decisions made at the AGM.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that the South Africa has been delayed by a week after an agreement between the BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) due to the sudden spread of new Covid-19 variant – Omnicron – in the host country.

India will play three Tests and three ODIs on their tour of South Africa as scheduled earlier however, the T20I series has now been postponed to a later date.

Although the venues for the series have also not been finalised yet however, reports suggest that that the first Test, starting on Boxing Day, might be shifted out of Durban, which has traditionally hosted the Boxing Day Test, to Centurion.

Notably, the spread of a new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation had raised doubts over the upcoming tour however, 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.

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.

The other big decisions taken by the board in the AGM were the re-induction of Brijesh Patel and M Khairul Jamal Majumdar as representatives in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council while including former India spinner Pragyan Ojha as the representative of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) in it.

The BCCI also announced the decision to form the Tours, Fixtures and Technical Committee, Umpires Committee and Differently Abled Cricket Committee and also announced to increase the Age Limit of match officials and support staff to 65 from 60 years, which will be subject to their fitness.

The board further announced to initiate infrastructure development of the North-Eastern States, Puducherry, Bihar and Uttarakhand.

The BCCI AGM meanwhile, also approved five-day Tests for the women’s team, who have largely played in four-day encounters lately.

India’s tour of South Africa rescheduled, T20Is postponed

The upcoming India’s tour of South Africa has been rescheduled after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) came to an agreement.

As per the agreement, first Test will start on December 26 instead of December and 17 and the Indian team’s departure, which was scheduled for December 8, has been now delayed by a week.

India will play three Tests and three ODIs on their tour of South Africa as scheduled earlier however the T20I series has now been postponed to a later date.

Although the venues for the series have also not been finalised yet however, reports suggest that that the first Test, starting on Boxing Day, might be shifted out of Durban, which has traditionally hosted the Boxing Day Test, to Centurion.

Earlier Jay Shah confirmed the development. Speaking to news agency ANI in Kolkata, where the is BCCI holding its AGM, 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.”

Notably, the spread of a new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation has raised doubts over the upcoming tour however, 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

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.

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 had said.

Later, BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly has said that the tour remains on schedule and they were 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 had added.

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.

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.