India’s South African tour is scheduled to be postponed by at least a week, according to The Indian Express. BCCI is reportedly negotiating with Cricket South Africa over a postponement of the detection of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in several countries, including South Africa.
The India A team is currently touring South Africa, and although BCCI has not yet given up on that tournament, the cricket committee is seriously considering postponing the senior team’s tournament. The Indian team was scheduled to fly on December 9 on a charter flight, but according to some sources, this was suspended.
The selection of teams for the South African tournament has also been postponed accordingly. The selection meeting was scheduled to take place after India’s first test against New Zealand. But as the Indian board remains in constant contact with its South African counterpart, it was decided to hold the selection meeting after it was clear on the way forward.
The team is scheduled to play three tests, three ODIs and four T20s in South Africa. In September, the Indian team refused to play the fifth test against England in Manchester, following an outbreak of Covid in the camp.
Meanwhile, Team A is playing its second unofficial four-day match against South Africa at Bloemfontein. Amid growing concerns, the Indian government’s travel advice identified some countries as “at risk”, while a Health Ministry for All States notice last week identified the new variant of the virus, B.1.1.529 , which could have “serious implications for public health”.
On Monday, the Olympic gold medalist in javelin Neeraj Chopra canceled his trip to South Africa, where he should have gone for a period of training and competition.
Covid figures released by the South African government’s health ministry on December 1 identified 8,561 new cases, although it did not mention the number of Omicron infections.