If reports are to be believed, the India tour of South Africa will now kick off on December 26 instead of December 17. There were serious doubts if the tour will go ahead or not owing to the Omicron threat in South Africa. However, the BCCI cleared that the tour is on but the teams will only play the Test and ODI series, with T20Is being postponed for a while.
While the venues of the Test series are not yet finalised, it is learned that the first Test, which is also the Boxing Day Test, will be played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
A Cricket South Africa (CSA) official confirmed that due to the omicron threat, CSA has limited venues available thus the matches will most likely be played in Centurion, Wanderers, Newlands in Cape Town and Paarl.
Earlier in the Day, BCCI secretary Jay Shah gave an update on the tour, saying that the tour will go ahead,with T20Is being played later. “BCCI has confirmed CSA that the Indian team will travel for three Tests and three ODIs. The remaining four T20Is will be played at a later date,” Shah was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
The last time when India toured South Africa, the hosts won the series 2-1. However, it was evenly contested. Since then, India have gone on to be become a top team, while South Africa has gone downhill. It will be interesting to see if the young and inexperienced hosts can compete against a strong and in form team India.
CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki thanked BCCI for their support in testing times. "I would like to thank both the leadership of Cricket South Africa, as well as the leadership of the BCCI for working so tirelessly to make this tour a reality. "Even under the most uncertain times, the Boards kept the light of hope alive and kept us anticipating that this tour will indeed take place. "For us as CSA it is always a meeting of old friends when the Proteas take on India, but we will still present the fans with a compelling proposition and a great spectacle to watch," said Moseki.