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India's Tour To South Africa To Can Be Postponed For A Week

Notably, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had asked BCCI to take approval from the government before sending the team to South Africa.

Indias Tour To South Africa To Can Be Postponed For A Week

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Dec 2021 10:30 AM GMT

New Delhi: In the wake of COVID-19 variant Omicron, India's tour of South Africa can be postponed for a week.

Reportedly, it was also feared that this tour could also be canceled in the current circumstances. However, recently the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly said that so far no decision has been taken in this regard.

As per the schedule, from December 17, India will play three-Test series in South Africa. On the other hand, a three-match ODI series is to be played on January 11 and then a four-match T20 series from January 19.

According to the pre-decided schedule, India has to leave for South Africa on December 9.

"We are discussing extending the series by a week. This can be done due to the Omicron variant of the corona virus. We are waiting for the approval of the Government of India. The cricket boards of both the countries like BCCI and CSA are in touch with each other and discussing every aspect. The health and safety of the cricketers is paramount,'' a BCCI official was quoted by media as saying.

Notably, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had asked BCCI to take approval from the government before sending the team to South Africa.

"Not only BCCI but every board should take permission from the Government of India before sending the team to the country where a new variant of Corona has been found. If BCCI asks us only then we can take further steps," he had said.

Presently, India A team is also on a tour of South Africa.

The COVID-19 tally in South Africa nearly doubled in a day, signaling a dramatic surge in the country. According to official statistics, new confirmed cases rose to 8,561 Wednesday from 4,373 a day earlier.

Following the new cases, which were reported on Wednesday represent a 16.5% COVID-19 positive rate in South Africa.

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