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India are supposed to tour South Africa in December
The India A tour of South Africa will continue, the detection of a new Covid-19 variant in the country notwithstanding. The visiting team, currently based in Bloemfontein, has had a series of meetings with the Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials and the local medical team and has decided to complete the three-match series.
However, there is no immediate information on the Indian team's tour, scheduled for next month, but the CSA has told Cricbuzz that they are monitoring the situation and will keep the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed.
“We are in contact with the BCCI and there is no prejudice to the Indian tour to South Africa at this stage. We will, of course, continue to monitor developments regarding the spread of the virus and keep the BCCI informed. As CSA we remain committed to ensuring that all visiting teams and Proteas players are afforded a safe environment to play cricket,” Lawson Naidoo, the head of CSA, told Cricbuzz on Friday (November 26) evening.
Meanwhile, the India A management has been assured of all safety measures. Besides, they have been told that the new variant which, in scientific parlance is known as B.1.1.529, has been found only in the northern part of the country and Bloemfontein is in the southern side.
“The distance between the two places is over 1000 miles and we have been told that there is no immediate health hazard. We have had discussions with the CSA officials and the medical team. The team hotel and the ground area have been sanitised and we're in a bio-bubble,” team manager Anil Patel told Cricbuzz on Friday. “At this stage, we have decided to stay on.”
The visiting team has also had conversations with the BCCI officials. Two new members – Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan – joined the squad on Thursday and the team is scheduled to leave for India on December 10.
The new Covid variant has been causing panic world over and the Indian government has ordered rigorous screening and testing of travellers from the country.
Friday was the last day of the India A team's first match and the play was washed out with the match ending in a draw. The team is scheduled to play two more four-day games which start on November 29 and December 6.