The South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that when the Indian cricket team lands here next month to participate in the highly anticipated series, it will create a “complete biosafety environment” for the Indian cricket team and praised BCCI for not withdrawing its “A”. Team, despite the panic caused by the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant.
India A will start the second unofficial test of South Africa A in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. Although the discovery of the Omicron variant caused global panic, it will remain in the country.
The Indian senior team will participate in three tests starting from December 17th, followed by as many ODIs as possible and four T20 international matches.
Virat Kohli and his men plan to land here before December 9th, but due to the discovery of the Omicron variant in the area, many countries/regions have restricted travel, so there are some concerns about this trip.
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“South Africa will take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of the Indian team. A complete biosafety environment will be established around the’A’ team in South Africa and India and the two national teams,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
“India decided to show its unity by choosing to continue to participate in the Indian’A’ team tour. This is in stark contrast to many countries that have decided to close their borders and restrict travel from Southern Africa…” it added.
The ministry stated that the South African government expressed its gratitude to the BCCI for allowing the tour to continue and “not allowing travel restrictions to have a negative impact on international sports”. The first India-South Africa test will be held in Johannesburg, the second match will be held in Centurion (December 26), and the third match will be held in Cape Town (January 3).
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“The Indian national team’s tour marks the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s rejoining of the international cricket competition.” In 1991, due to the apartheid policy of the then South African government, the country was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1970. After the cricket match, India became the first country to host a South African team.
“The anniversary event will be held in Cape Town on January 2, 2022. This event will also help to highlight the strong relationship between South Africa and India, and the two countries’ tour shows once again prove this for the Indian team,” The ministry’s statement read.