IND vs SA 2021: The India tour of South Africa will begin on December 26



The India tour of South Africa will begin on December 26

IND vs SA 2021: The BCCI & CSA have come to a mutual agreement that India will play three tests & three ODIs on their tour of South Africa later this month. The first test has been scheduled to start on December 26 confirmed BCCI & CSA.

Both the boards have engaged in prolonged negotiations over the destiny of the tour which came under doubt because of the outbreak of the serious Omricon virus, a variant of COVID-19 in South African countries. The two boards have decided that the four T20Is will be palyed later. The venues for the series haven’t been zeroed yet but there are full chances that the first test starting on Boxing Day may not be held in Durban which has been traditionally hosting the Boxing Day test instead it will be held at Centurion.

Speaking about venues selection a CSA Official told that the South Africa board has limitations due to the biosecurity environment & thus they have limited options in choosing the venues. So the matches are set to be held only in the Gauteng area – consisting of Centurion, Wanderers, Newlands in Cape Town, and Paarl.

These are the venues that were originally decided when the itinerary was fixed for three tests, three ODIs & four T20Is. The CSA has struck to the same venues but the full schedule has not been finalized yet. It can be expected that the second test could be held at the Wanderers because of the logistical and operational convenience – both Centurion and Wanderers are one hour drive away from each other — although Cape Town traditionally is known to host the New Year Test.

Earlier Jay Shah confirmed the news. Speaking to media agency ANI Kolkata where the BCCI AGM meeting is held on December 4, Jay Shah 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.”

CSA said that it will announce the schedule in 48 hours. “CSA is also pleased to confirm that the allocation of match venues will still be in respect of the Bubble Safe Environment (BSEs) and therefore the decision on the allocations will take into account the need for safer playing environments. CSA has instituted these world-class standards and measures to ensure that all players, staff, and officials are protected within this environment. CSA’s main focus is to safeguard the cricket biosphere by managing strict entry standards and limited movement outside of its cordon. CSA will confirm the venues in the next 48 hours,” the South Africa board said.

After the outbreak of the Omricon virus, the Indian players have expressed concerns over the situation in South Africa. Indian Captain Virat Kohli hinted that the players are worried about the situation in South Africa. “I mean, we are not playing in normal times anyway, so there is a lot of planning involved, there is a lot of preparation that is involved in terms of understanding exactly what’s going to go on… There are players who are not part of the group right now, who will be entering quarantine to join the team in the bubble, to fly in a charter, those kinds of things, you want to seek clarity as soon as possible. Rahul bhai (Rahul Dravid) has initiated a conversation within the group… I mean our focus from the Test (current Wankhede Test) will not shift regardless, but also know that you would want to have clarity and you want to be in a situation where you know exactly what’s going on and we have been talking to the board”, said Virat Kohli

One of the concerns of the Indian team is that they want clarity on return from South Africa. With the Indian government imposing restrictions on those coming from the Omricon hit countries, the players are worried if they will be asked to undergo institutional quarantine on return.

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