Virat Kohli on Thursday said that the Indian cricket team & the BCCI are in constant discussion regarding their upcoming South Africa tour but a final call on the tour will be taken in a couple of days’ time.
India will tour South Africa in three tests, three ODIs & 4 T20Is starting from December 17 to January 26 but there are chances of the entire tour getting postponed by a week as the BCCI has asked CSA to push it back a sit requires more time to discuss the threat of new COVID-19 Omicron variant.
“We have spoken to all the senior members of the squad and Rahul bhai has started that conversation within the group.
“We have been talking to the board to get clarity on everything and pretty soon we will have absolute clarity on what is going on. The decision will be taken in one or two days’ time,” Kohli said while addressing a press conference in Mumbai.
India was scheduled to leave for South Africa on December 8 or 9 after the end of the secodn test against New Zealand in Mumbai. But now the team is likely to depart for South Africa on December 15 or 16. The BCCI will discuss on India tour of South Africa in its AGM on Saturday & a decision on the same will be taken by Sunday.
The BCCI & the Indian Cricket team are positive about the South Africa tour provided that the COVID-19 situation doesn’t blow up. The BCCI wants to wait & monitor how the Omicron threat will develop in the next few days. The board is in constant touch with the Indian government and CSA over the fate of the South Africa tour.
Both the BCCI & CSA are looking forward to going ahead with the tour despite rising concerns over the new COVID-19 variant. Despite the new COVID-19 variant case having first emerged in South Africa the BCCI has decided to not call the India A team back which is currently playing 3 4-day unofficial Test matches against the hosts in Bloemfontein.