India tour of SA Squad Selection postponed: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has temporarily stalled the Squad Selection For India’s Tour of South Africa, which is slated to begin on December 17.
BCCI Postponed SA Tour Squad Selection
As South Africa has been hit by a new covid-19 variant called the Omicron, which is considered to be a fast-spreading variant India’s tour of SA is on verge of postponing.
Several media reports have claimed that the selection meeting was supposed to be held after the conclusion of the Kanpur Test.
Players who were rested for the ongoing 2-match Test series against New Zealand were scheduled to undergo an 8-day quarantine before flying to South Africa. But no communication has been done with players so far.
The India ‘A’ squad is already in Africa playing a 3-match unofficial Test series. They are expected to continue for the moment. As for the senior team, the squad was set to be announced after the conclusion of the first Test against New Zealand.
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) and their government are doing everything to ensure the tour goes on. But BCCI is awaiting the nod from the central government. Things will be clear in a couple of days. The players too need to be assured of the arrangements. The board doesn’t want a repeat of what happened in Manchester when an outbreak within the camp got the players traveling with their families jitter,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, on Tuesday, had said the tour remains on schedule as the board is currently monitoring the situation in South Africa.
“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it. Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI.
For now, CSA continues to build a strict bio-bubble for the tour and has proper protocols in place.