IND vs SA Series: South Africa’s Department of International Relations & Co-operation has released a statement, stating that it expects the bilateral cricket series between IND & SA to go ahead as planned in December-January.
The statement comes following the concerns that the tour might have to be called off due to the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. India is slated to tour South Africa in December-January. The side will play three tests, three ODIs & four T20Is.
“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health & safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African & Indian ‘A’ teams as well as the two national teams”, said DIRCO in its official statement.
“India’s decision to show solidarity by choosing to continue with the tour of the Indian ‘A’ team stands in contrast with a number of countries who have decided to close their borders & to restrict travel from Southern African after South Africa announced the detection of the new Omicron variant”, the statement added.
“The South African Government has expressed its appreciation to the BCCI for allowing the tour to continue & for not letting travel restrictions negatively impact on international sports”. India A is also currently in South Africa fulfilling their commitment of playing three four-day matches.
“The South African Government wishes to welcome the Indian ‘A’ cricket team that is currently in South Africa to play three unofficial test matches against the South African “A” team, read the statement.
The India A team will play three four-day games, all in Bloemfontein, with the first match being played on November 23. The first unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A ended in a draw after play on the fourth and final day was washed out. The second and third games will begin on November 29 and December 6 respectively.
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, & appeared in South Africa on November 14.