IND vs SA 2021: The first test of the India vs South Africa test series is slated to commence on Boxing Day. According to reports the opening test of the series will be played without any spectators. The Supersport park will host only a few delegates for the contest.
CSA is not selling tickets for the match due to the ongoing crisis triggered by the Omicron variant of COVID-19. While the government is allowing up to 2000 people for such events, the organizers are currently awaiting further announcements from the authorities. There has been a slight dip in the number of COVID-19 cases over the last week but the situation is still tensed & has enforced the players to stay in a stringent bio-bubble.
Indian contingent arrived in South Africa on December 16 after staying in three-day quarantine in Mumbai last week. Currently, the Indian touring contingent is staying at the Irene Lodge, which has been booked by Cricket South Africa solely for the touring party.
The second test of the IND vs SA 2021 test series might be played without spectators
According to the latest reports, the second test of the IND vs SA 2021 test series will be palyed behind closed doors in Johannesburg. Tickets for the second test at the Johannesburg as not up for sale as confirmed by the stadium’s official Twitter handle confirming the same.
“Please note, no announcement has been made regarding ticket sales for the upcoming Test match at the #ImperialWanderers Stadium between South Africa and India. At this point, it isn’t clear if fans will be allowed. We will make further announcements in due course.”
The tour was initially under threat due to the emergence of the omicron variant. However, the BCCI & CSA together decided to go ahead with the tour by postponing the four-match T20I series to next year. As per the revised itinerary, India will play three Tests & three ODIs on their South Africa tour. The assurance of a safe bio-bubble and India A’s successful tour to the Rainbow Nation has encouraged the BCCI to go ahead with the South Africa tour.