Despite the fact that the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus has been spreading rampantly throughout Africa, Cricket South Africa (CSA) is confident about hosting India for the upcoming all-format series in December and January. This will include three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and four Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and it is positive cricket news.
In Bloemfontein, India’s A squad is now taking part in three unofficial Tests, the first of which has already ended. In a negative light, however, the cancellation of the Women’s World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe and the postponement of two One-Day Internationals against the Netherlands do not bode well for the CSA’s acting chief executive officer Pholetsi Moseki, who is optimistic that the live cricket series against India will go ahead as planned because both boards are closely monitoring the situation.
The Growing Concern Around Team India’s Tour Of South Africa
Moseki was cited as stating by thesouthafrican.com on November 28 that he had spoken with the BCCI and that they were “very much committed” to the trip.
“India A is still in the nation, and there is no indication that they will be departing. Their commitment hasn’t wavered, and they’re still planning on going on tour,” he added. “We have no reason to believe that the trip will be cancelled, unless we are taken by surprise by anything that is out of the ordinary.
The only issue that remains is whether or not supporters will be permitted to enter.” We’ve been working hard to get more people into the stadiums. Given the current state of affairs, it seems that the only thing we can do now is to wait and watch what happens with regard to the administration. We hope that we do not reach the point when there is a complete shutdown,” he said.
Moseki also expressed confidence that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would be able to make the necessary bio-secure measures for the trip. “You have to recall the England one, which ended up being a catastrophe, so our bio-bubbles are now really powerful.
After that, we ramped up our bio-bubbles, and the spectator matter is something that we have no control over. Once the Netherlands situation has been resolved, we will engage with the tour in order to demonstrate that there is a commitment for the trip to take place. We will able to play without spectators in the same manner as we did against Pakistan and Sri Lanka because the government is aware that we create powerful bio-bubbles,” he said.
It Seems That The Series Should Continue As Per The Plan
The second red-ball game between India A and South Africa is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, according to a BCCI source. “The squad is in a bio-bubble, and Cricket South Africa has assured us of the safeguards that have been taken,” the official said. “Our operations staff is keeping a tight eye on the issue, and we are receiving regular updates,” says the official.
Due to the fact that all three four-day games will be played in Bloemfontein, the squad will not be required to travel significant distances. After heavy rain on the last day of the first match played last week, the game concluded in a high-scoring stalemate. The success of the Indian cricket team A visit is vital for the CSA since the senior Indian team is slated to go for South Africa on December 8 for a complete tour that will begin on December 17.
What Next With Regards To The Upcoming Series And Future Plans Of Team India?
Team India will be focused on playing some really good cricket in the upcoming days. They are in fairly good form and will want to keep winning and building momentum heading into the New Year. Keeping that in mind, things will not be easy for the Indian side, with a lot of changes happening at present.
Many of the players have been in and out of the team at present, as they are refreshing themselves for the upcoming cricketing season. However, some of them are expected to make a return in this series if it does indeed happen and the players will want to win as many matches as possible. Let’s wait and watch!!