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Sulking Ganguly wanted to issue show cause notice to Kohli after his PC: Report

Following the claims made by former India skipper Virat Kohli in his pre-departure conference to South Africa in December 2021, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly reportedly wanted to issue a show cause notice to the then India Test captain before the beginning of the ongoing tour to the rainbow nation.

Notably, ahead of the Indian team’s departure to South Africa, Kohli had addressed the press-conference and had claimed that no one from the BCCI or the selection committee had asked him to reconsider his decision to give up T20I captaincy. Kohli’s claim had contradicted Ganguly, who had earlier said that he had personally requested the run-machine to not leave the leadership role in the shortest format of the game.

Meanwhile, Kohli, 33 had also claimed that he was informed by the selectors that he won’t be the ODI captain anymore just one and a half hours before the Test squad for the South Africa series was announced and there was no prior communication on the same from Indian board.

Notably, Kohli’s claim didn’t go down well with the Indian board and now, reports suggest that Ganguly had prepared a draft letter and wanted to send a show cause notice to the former captian.

However, as Ganguly discussed the matter with the board members, they didn’t find it appropriate to issue a notice to the Test captain just before the start of a Test series.

“And the board president was all for issuing a show cause notice to Kohli,” a source close to the development was quoted as saying by India Ahead News.

Recemtly after losing the South Africa series, Kohli had also decided to leave the Test captaincy.

Reacting to his decision, Ganguly lauded Kohli for taking the team to new heights in all formats of the game and termed the decision as a personal one which even the board respects.

“Under Virat’s leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game… his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely… he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done… @BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly said in his tweet.

Moreover, Kohli had also reportedly turned down an offer by the BBCI to play a farewwell match after he had stunned the cricketing world by announcing his departure as the Test captain of the Indian team.

As per a report in Hindustan Times (HT), the Indian board had offered a farewell match to Kohli and asked him to lead the Indian side for one last time in his 100th Test match. However, it has been learnt that Kohli refused to accept the offer and said: “One match makes no difference. That’s not how I am”.

After Kohli’s decision, the BCCI is most likley to appoint white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma as the new Test captain however, it is yet to make an official announcement.

So far, run-machine Kohli is the most successful Test captain India has ever had. Under Kohli, India played a total of 68 Test matches and won 40, drew 11, and lost in 17 matches.

Notably, Kohli had also led the Indian side to its maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018 beside winning a Test series in Sri Lanka and West Indies.

In 2021, Kohli guided the Indian side to secure an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series against England beside leading his side to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Kohli reportedly turns down BCCI’s offer to play farewell Test as captain

Following his sudden decision to step down as the captain of India in Test cricket, Kohli has reportedly turned down an offer by the Board of Control for Cricket (BBCI) to play a farewwell match.

On Saturday, Kohli had stunned the cricketing world by announcing his departure as the Test captain of the Indian team.

Now as per a report in Hindustan Times (HT), the Indian board had offered a farewell match to Kohli and asked him to lead the Indian side for one last time in his 100th Test match. However, it has been learnt that Kohli refused to accept the offer and said: “One match makes no difference. That’s not how I am”.

After Kohli’s decision, the BCCI is most likley to appoint white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma as the new Test captain however, it is yet to make an official announcement.

So far, run-machine Kohli is the most successful Test captain India has ever had. Under Kohli, India played a total of 68 Test matches and won 40, drew 11, and lost in 17 matches.

Notably, Kohli had also led the Indian side to its maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018 beside winning a Test series in Sri Lanka and West Indies.

In 2021, Kohli guided the Indian side to secure an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series against England beside leading his side to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Notably, Kohli had also stepped down from T20I captaincy after India’s poor show in the 2021 World Cup in the UAE and in December 2021, the BCCI had removed him from the ODI captaincy. The BCCI had named Rohit as the new white-ball skipper.

Later in an interview, BCCI chief Ganguly had claimed that he had requested Kohli not to step down from T20I captaincy however, his statement was contradicted by Kohli, who had said that he was informed about the ODI captaincy only one and a half hour before the team selection meeting.

Notably, Kohli’s revelation of the development in a press-conference before Team India’s departure for South Africa had triggered a storm in Indian cricket.

The controversy is seen as one of the main reason behind Kohli’s sudden announcement of stepping down from captaincy and many reports also suggested that all was not well between Kohli and the BCCI chief.

Kohli, 33, was first appointed as India captian at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against hosts Australia. He was appointed as the full-time captian after MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015.

Significantly, India won a series in every country they travelled under Kohli barring South Africa and New Zealand.

It’s a battle of 2 stalwarts: Ex-Pak skipper on Kohli’s captaincy exit

Virat Kohli’s sudden decision to step down as the captain of India’s Test team has shocked the cricketing world and former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has reckoned that the former resigning as Test captain is due to him being at loggerheads with the BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly.

After Kohli’s announcement, Ganguly had put out a tweet saying that the call was entirely Kohli’s, meaning that the BCCI had nothing to do with it. And going by Kohli’s official statement, it appeared that he did it without any pressure.

However, Latif feels that irrespective of what Ganguly has tweeted, the ‘reason’ behind Virat resigning as Test captain is due to him being at loggerheads with the BCCI chief.

“The real reason why these things happen is because you have a tiff with the board. Irrespective of what Virat says that it’s his decision or what Sourav Ganguly tweets, this is battle of two stalwarts,” Rashid Latif said in a video on Caught Behind.

Without naming anyone, Latif also felt that ‘some people’ have managed to affect Indian cricket by targetting Kohli.

“Some people are emotional. They know when and how to provoke Kohli. When he announced that he won’t captain India in T20Is after the World Cup, he was removed as ODI captain as well. You haven’t only unsettled Kohli; you’ve unsettled Indian cricket,” he explained.

Earlier on Sunday, a day after Kohli’s announcement of captaincy exit, Ganguly had opened up on the massive development and termed it as a ‘personal one’.

Ganguly took to Twitter to congratulate Kohli for a great stint as India’s captain in all three formats and hailed the team’s progress and rise under his leadership.

“Under Virats leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done ..@BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly tweeted.

Notably, Kohli had also stepped down from T20I captaincy after India’s poor show in the 2021 World Cup in the UAE and in December 2021, the BCCI had removed him from the ODI captaincy. The BCCI had named opener Rohit Sharma as the new white-ball skipper.

Later in an interview, BCCI chief Ganguly had claimed that he had requested Kohli not to step down from T20I captaincy however, his statement was contradicted by Kohli, who had said that he was informed about the ODI captaincy only one and a half hour before the team selection meeting.

Notably, Kohli’s revelation of the development in a press-conference before Team India’s departure for South Africa had triggered a storm in Indian cricket.

The controversy is seen as one of the main reason behind Kohli’s sudden announcement of stepping down from captaincy and many reports also suggested that all was not well between Kohli and the BCCI chief.

Kohli, 33, was first appointed as India captian at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against hosts Australia. He was appointed as the full-time captian after MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015.

Notably, after stepping down, Kohli is the most successful India Test skipper. Under his time as the captain, India played 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 and with a win percentage of 58.82.

Significantly, India won a series in every country they travelled under Kohli barring South Africa and New Zealand.

Ganguly opens up on Kohli’s decision to step down from Test captaincy

After Virat Kohli shocked the cricketing world by announcing his decision to step down as the captain of India’s Test team, BCCI Chief and former skipper Sourav Ganguly on Sunday opened up on the massive development and termed it as a ‘personal one’.

Ganguly took to Twitter to congratulate Kohli for a great stint as India’s captain in all three formats and hailed the team’s progress and rise under his leadership.

Kohli, on Saturday had stepped down from Test captaincy, following the team’s 2-1 series loss against South Africa.

“Under Virats leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done ..@BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly tweeted.

Earlier, Kohli had also stepped down from T20I captaincy after India’s poor show in the 2021 World Cup in the UAE and in December 2021, the BCCI had removed him from the ODI captaincy. The BCCI had named opener Rohit Sharma as the new white-ball skipper.

Later in an interview, BCCI chief Ganguly had claimed that he had requested Kohli not to step down from T20I captaincy however, his statement was contradicted by Kohli, who had said that he was informed about the ODI captaincy only one and a half hour before the team selection meeting.

Notably, Kohli’s revelation of the development in a press-conference before Team India’s departure for South Africa had triggered a storm in Indian cricket.

The controversy is seen as one of the main reason behind Kohli’s sudden announcement of stepping down from captaincy and many reports also suggested that all was not well between Kohli and the BCCI chief.

Kohli, 33, was first appointed as India captian at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against hosts Australia. He was appointed as the full-time captian after MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015.

Notably, after stepping down, Kohli is the most successful India Test skipper. Under his time as the captain, India played 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 and with a win percentage of 58.82.

Significantly, India won a series in every country they travelled under Kohli barring South Africa and New Zealand.

After this development, Rohit is now most likley to be the next Team India captain. His first assignment as the full-time Test captain would be against Sri Lanka in the end of Februray when the islanders will tour India for a two-match Test series.

The two-Test series will be followed by a three-match T20I rubber.

In 2021, Kohli had also stepped down as the captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to hospital

Former India skipper and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently admitted in a Kolkata hospital.

As per reports, Ganguly had mild fever on Sunday (December 26) and received a positive report for the deadly virus on Monday evening (December 27) following which he was admitted to Woodlands Hospital in his hometown.

After bieng hospitalised, Ganguly’s family sources were quoted as saying that there was no cause of panic his condition was currently stable.

Reports suggested that Ganguly, 49, was advised not to isolate at home by medical experts because of his pre-existing heart condition.

Notably, the BCCI Chief is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Earlier this year, his brother Snehasish Ganguly had also returned popsitive for Covid-19.

The former India skipper had twice been admitted to hospital in January this year after complaining of chest discomfort and had later underwent two angioplasty procedures.

Recently, Ganguly had attended the premiere of Bangla superstar and TMC MP Dev’s latest film Tonic on December 24 along with Bengal’s celebrities like Nusrat, Yash, Babul Supriyo, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and others.

IPL Media Rights to fetch over 40,000 crore for BCCI, feels Ganguly

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Media rights’ tender may have been delayed due to a few reasons however, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief Sourav Ganguly has reckoned that the tender would easily fetch over Rs 40,000 crores for Indian cricket which will be conducted soon.

Although the tender was scheduled to be released immediately after the finalisation of the two new IPL teams in late October however, it hasn’t happened till now.

Notably, the sale of media rights had fetched Rs 16,347 crore for the Indian board in the ongoing 2018-22 cycle however, the BCCI chief is now expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

“12,000 Crore for sale of two franchises was phenomenal. Fingers crossed, we should get 40,000 crore plus from the IPL Media Rights. The tenders will be conducted soon by the BCCI”, expressed Ganguly on a chat show ‘Backstage with Boria’.

Earlier in October, the BCCI had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

While RPSG Ventures Ltd. had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores, the Irelia Company Pvt Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) bagged the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores.

“50,000 Crore for the Indian cricket, BCCI can and will further take sport to the next level. Already IPL has benefitted Indian cricket big time & with these monies the sport can go to completely different level”, the BCCI chief added.

One of the main reason for the increase in the IPL media rights value would be increase in the number of matches from next season. Moreover, compared to last time, the upcoming auctions is most likley to see a rise in number of biddres like Reliance Industries promoted Viacom, global players like Amazon and others besides Star and Sony.

Significantly, the tender for IPL media rights, which should have been out by now, has been delayed mainly due to the uncertainty surrounding the Ahmedabad franchise whose owners — CVC Sports — is yet to receive the Letter of Intent from the Indian board.

Although CVC Capital Partners had bagged the ownerhsip rights of Ahmedabad franchise, however, with the company acquiring a 100 percent equity stake in Italian gaming and payments operator, Sisal Group S.p.A. (“Sisal”), the matter became controversial.

Although betting, which is legal overseas, has not been legalised in India and as a result, 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, owners of the Lucknow franchise.

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

Meanwhile, the BCCI’s legal team is also monitoring and looking into the CVC files.

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.

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.

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.