Doubts over India’s cricket tour of SA due to Omicron
.With the deadly Omicron strand detected in South Africa which is likely to wreak havoc across the country in the coming days, there are doubts over the Indian cricket team’s tour of that country in December. The new COVID-19 variant can also lead to the suspension of all sporting events in South Africa in the coming weeks.
With all sports likely to shut down, Indian cricket team’s tour of South Africa is also in jeopardy. Team India is scheduled to tour South Africa in December this year for a full-fledged tour consisting of three Tests, as many ODIs and four T20Is. However, the future of the tour now remains uncertain after the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.
The cases are majorly rising in the northern part of South Africa with Johannesburg and Pretoria – which are the venues for the India Test series – vulnerable to the spread of the new variant of COVID-19. The Netherlands cricket team which is currently in South Africa for their ODI series which gets underway on Friday (November 26) are likely to travel back amid new travel restrictions being imposed in the UK in the aftermath of the detection of the new variant.
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