Omicron’s paw is getting wider in South Africa. Scientists in the country fear the infection rate could rise further next month. Yesterday, 6561 new cases of infection were found in the body, while the number was 4363 a day before. In this situation, speculation is rife about the future of Virat Kohli’s tour of South Africa.
The Indian team is scheduled to fly to Johannesburg after the Mumbai Test. One has to enter from one biosafety zone to another biosafety zone. Still, the Indian team will leave Mumbai on December 6 and arrive on the 9th. But there are doubts about whether it will happen at all. The central government has not yet given the green signal for a visit to South Africa. The Indian ‘A’ team is playing the second match of three unofficial Tests at Bloemfontein in South Africa. There are still no plans to return the team to India. However, Shardul Tagore has been banned from joining the party.
In the context of the tour of South Africa, India’s Test captain Virat Kohli thinks that the picture will be clear in a couple of days. “We are going through a time when we have to look at all aspects and make appropriate plans considering the situation,” Virat said. A lot of preparation is needed. Many of those on the South Africa tour are out of the biological safety zone of this Test team. As a result, they also need to know when to stay in seclusion. We senior members are discussing among ourselves. The sooner the matter is known, the better. Virat also said that Rahul Dravid himself is informing the team about all the updates. At the same time, the Indian team is careful not to lose the focus of the Test series.
#SAAvINDA Day 2️⃣ | CHANGE OF INNINGS
Marco Jansen remained unbeaten on 70 as the SA ‘A’ side were dismissed for 297 on Day 2 of the second 4-Day Series encounter against India ‘A’
– Cricket South Africa (fficOfficialCSA) December 1, 2021
Various media outlets have claimed that the BCCI has requested Cricket South Africa to postpone the tour. “We have not received such an offer from the BCCI,” said Foletzi Moseki, acting CEO of Cricket South Africa. There was no discussion about this. Which is all speculation, CSA is not aware of this.
Round 4 of the Division 2 # 4DaySeries matches scheduled to take place between 02-05 December have been postponed
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– Cricket South Africa (fficOfficialCSA) December 2, 2021
The Netherlands have not played the last two matches of the series against South Africa before. The trend of postponing matches in international cricket has started in South African domestic cricket as well. It is not possible to run domestic cricket right now by creating bio-safety zones, but the infection is also increasing. Due to Omicron, three four-day matches of Division 2 scheduled for today have been postponed. Some cricketers are also affected by corona. One-day matches have also been postponed till 2022. However, no action has been taken yet regarding the four-day match of Division One to be held from December 19 to 22.
Virat Kohli Expects The Team To Get Clarity On The South Africa Tour In A Day Or Two. Cricket South Africa Postponed All Three Division 2 Four-Day Matches Scheduled To Start On Thursday.
Story first published: Thursday, December 2, 2021, 15:27 [IST]