The India tour of South Africa is likely to get underway on December 26. The series was in doubt due to the recent Omicron threat. However, earlier in the day, BCCI confirmed that the series will go ahead but with little modifications. Both Cricket South Africa and BCCI mutually decided to postpone the T20Is and go ahead with the Test and ODI series.
“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,” Jay Shah was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Meanwhile, the venues of the series are not decided yet but it is learned that the matches will be played in Centurion, Wanderers, Newlands in Cape Town and Paarl.
Cricket South Africa was pleased with BCCI’s decision to go ahead with the tour. CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki thanked BCCI for their support. “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.
Meanwhile, the series will be a real Test for South Africa who have struggled in Test format of late. The last time when India toured South Africa, they lost the Test series 2-1 but won the ODI series. South Africa have gone through a massive transition since then and are pretty depleted for the moment. It will take a mammoth effort from them to stop this India team.