Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Pretty soon we'll have absolute clarity on South Africa tour - Kohli. "It's pretty natural (to be concerned), we're not playing in normal times anyway."
"It's pretty natural (to be concerned), we're not playing in normal times anyway."
There have been concerns over India's upcoming tour of South Africa, with doubts being raised over the possibility of the Test and limited-overs sides undertaking the tour in the wake of the emergence of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus that has put the world on alert. Virat Kohli, India's Test and ODI skipper said on Thursday (December 2) that a conversation has been initiated within the team and expected a clarity on the situation soon. Kohli also added that the situation is something that can't be ignored and must be handled with a “realistic” approach.
“It's pretty natural (to be concerned), we're not playing in normal times anyway. So there's a lot of planning involved. There's a lot of preparation involved in terms of understanding exactly what's going to go on. There are players who are not part of the group right now who will be entering quarantine to join the team, in the bubble, to fly in a charter. Those kind of things, you want to seek clarity as soon as possible,” Kohli said in the press conference on the eve of India's second Test against New Zealand.
“We have spoken to all the senior members of the squad. Obviously Rahul bhai has initiated a conversation within the group, which is very important to know. At the end of the day we understand – our focus from the Test match will not shift regardless – but you want to have clarity and want to be in a situation where you know exactly what's going on. We've been talking to the board and we are pretty confident that within a day or two, or pretty soon we'll have absolute clarity as to what is going on.
“But we need to be realistic about things as well. We cannot just ignore the things that potentially could put you in a confusing place. And no one wants to be there. I'm sure everyone is working hard towards finding clarity and giving us the situation as it unfolds, as soon as possible. We all are hopeful that that will happen soon and as I said, our prime focus right now is the second Test. And the other things are simultaneously being taken care of,” added Kohli.
Although the India A, which is currently in South Africa, has continued with the tour, several other fixtures in Southern African countries have been cancelled recently. The second and third ODIs between South Africa and Netherlands were postponed while the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifiers, which was underway in Zimbabwe, was cancelled midway over concerns of fresh travel restrictions. The three-nation series in Namibia, which hosted Oman and UAE, was also cancelled due to the Omicron threat.
Cricket South Africa also called off the Division two 4-Day matches which was to take place from December 2-5, with some positive cases emerging from the pre-arrival testing sessions. CSA, however, added that the competition was not being held in a Bio-Secure Environment, CSA also announced that “the B-section 3-Day and 1-Day matches featuring Northerns and Easterns set for the same weekend have also been postponed until 2022”.
On Wednesday, CSA had expressed confidence in its BSE protocols. “CSA has instituted world class standards and measures to ensure that all players, staff and officials are protected within this environment. Our main focus was to safeguard the cricket biosphere by managing strict entry standards and limited movement outside of its cordon. What we have implemented at our BSE is a cordon sanitaire which offers full and continuous protection to all individuals who respect and abide by our very demanding guidelines and rules”, said Dr Shuaib Manjra, CSA's Chief Medical Officer.