India are scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and 4 T20Is in South Africa.© AFP
The new coronavirus variant has forged a shadow over the Indian cricket team‘s upcoming tour of South Africa, which is scheduled to start from December 17. An India A group is already in South Africa, the place it’s scheduled to play three unofficial Test matches, the primary of which is at present underway. Sources within the BCCI have informed NDTV that the Indian cricket board is awaiting the federal government’s choice earlier than taking a name on whether or not to go forward with the tour. The sources additional knowledgeable that senior gamers are anticipated to journey to South Africa on December 8, after the completion of the second Test towards New Zealand.
NDTV has additionally learnt from its sources that the BCCI at present plans to retain a couple of gamers from the continuing India A tour.
A new coronavirus variant – B.1.1.529 – has been red-flagged by scientists over an alarmingly excessive variety of spike mutations which may make the virus extra immune to vaccines, enhance transmissibility and result in extra extreme signs.
First recognized in South Africa this week, the variant has unfold to close by international locations, together with Botswana, the place totally vaccinated individuals have been contaminated. In South Africa, over 100 instances have been linked to this variant, with 4 extra in Botswana.
India are scheduled to play three Test matches, three ODIs and 4 T20Is as a part of the bilateral sequence in South Africa.
The sequence will start with the primary Test in Johannesburg from December 17, adopted by the Boxing Day Test in Centurion and the ultimate Test in Cape Town from January 3.
The first ODI shall be performed in Paarl on January, adopted by two extra ODIs in Cape Town (January 14 and 16.
Cape Town will even host the opening two T20Is (on January 19 and 21). The sequence will then conclude in Paarl with the ultimate two T20Is on January 23 and 26.
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