India’s tour of South Africa is likely to be postponed back by one week due to the threat of the COVID-19 Omicron variant as per a report in ANI. India are scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is with the tour beginning from December 17.
A BCCI official on Thursday confirmed it to ANI that both the cricket boards are in constant touch and the decision will be taken keeping the safety of players in mind.
“We are discussing to push back the series by a week due to the threat of Omicron COVID variant and we are awaiting the Indian government nod, both boards are in constant touch and everything is being discussed. The health and safety of our players is of utmost importance,” the senior official told ANI.
Earlier, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur, had clarified that the BCCI have to consult with the government before sending their squad for the tour of South Africa.
“Not only BCCI, but every board should also consult the Indian government before sending the team to a country where a new COVID-19 variant has emerged. It is not right to send the team to a country where there is a threat, if BCCI consults us we will deliberate on that,” Thakur had told ANI here in Baghpat.
Meanwhile, the India A players are presently part of the second unofficial Test against South Africa A in Bloemfontein.
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