Indian cricket team’s upcoming tour of South Africa may get postponed by a week in view of the new COVID-19 variant Omricon’s outbreak. Thus, the BCCI has kept the squad selection on hold. They are also awaiting clearance from the government to go ahead with the tour.
Speaking to the ANI, a BCCI official confirmed that they are constantly in touch with Cricket South Africa. He stated that the decision will be taken keeping players’ safety in mind.
It was earlier reported that the squad for the South Africa tour will be announced after Kanpur Test. But even after the conclusion of the Kanpur Test, the BCCI is yet to announce the squad. Apparently, the government is yet to give them clearance and that is the reason why the selection process has been kept on hold.
As of now, Team India is scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is in South Africa starting from December 17. The team is supposed to go on a one-week quarantine before travelling to South Africa. If the series gets postponed, their quarantine period may also get pushed. If the government doesn’t give a clearance, the series may get cancelled and will be scheduled sometime during next year.
Meanwhile, India A is currently touring South Africa for an unofficial Test series that is happening in Bloemfontein.