Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Prompted by new COVID variant, Philander to fly home early from Chattogram. Philander was due to fly back home after Pakistan' first Test anyway.
Philander was due to fly back home after Pakistan' first Test anyway.
Pakistan bowling consultant Vernon Philander has decided to fly out of Chattogram for South Africa as early as Monday, the fourth day of the ongoing Test match against Bangladesh, due to the worsening flight operations in view of the new COVID variant.
The Omicron variant of Coronavirus, that's been detected in western Africa among other geographies, has already affected cricket in South Africa. The Netherlands tour to the country had to be abandoned after the boards mutually ruled in favour of player safety whereas the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021, the nine-team tournament which was set to decide the three teams for 2022 Women's World Cup in New Zealand, had to be called off owing to fresh travel restrictions.
Philander was supposed to fly home at the end of the first Test against Bangladesh anyway but had to change his plans owing to the worsening situation with regards to air travel.
India A are currently in South Africa and that tour is currently set to go ahead. India's senior men's team are also scheduled to fly to South Africa early next month.