India tour of South Africa, Indian team releuctant to tour?

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India tour of South Africa: Few Indian players 'reluctant to travel', BCCI official says 'final decision in a day or two'
India tour of South Africa: Few Indian players ‘reluctant to travel’, BCCI official says ‘final decision in a day or two’

India tour of South Africa – Are Indian Players Reluctant? Indian cricket team officially is scheduled to fly via chartered flight on 9th December to South Africa. But the info coming in from the team India camp is that few players are ‘reluctant & apprehensive’ about the travel. Follow Insidesport.IN for all updates on the India vs South Africa series. 

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India tour of South Africa: Few Indian players ‘reluctant to travel’, BCCI says ‘players view-point will be taken seriously’

Are Indian Players Reluctant? With just 5 days to go before the scheduled travel, neither the BCCI selectors have selected the team for South Africa – nor the players have been informed about the exact itineary.

The worry for the Indian camp is that the virus in South Africa has spike up as country reported 8561 new infections on Wednesday as compared to 4373 on Tuesday.

“Obviously players are concerned, little reluctant as well. BCCI as always will take viewpoint of the players in consideration before making any decision on the tour. We are hopeful tour will go ahead as scheduled. Let’s wait for 24-48 hours for more clarity & the final decision”, said the BCCI official

Indian captain on Wednesday also openly admitted that the discussion in the Indian team camp also has been initiated about the travel to South Africa.

Speaking to the media, the Indian captain said, “We are not playing in normal times anyway. So there is a lot of planning that is involved, a lot of preparation that is involved. There are players who are not part of the group right now who will be entering quarantine to join the team bubble to fly on a charter (flight).”

He added, “Those kind of things you want to seek clarity on as soon as possible. So we have spoken to all the senior members of the squad. Obviously, Rahul bhai  has initiated a conversation within the group, which is very important.”

It is worth noting that earlier earlier this year citing COVID-19 concerns for the fifth Test vs England at Manchester – Indian team refused to take the field. This is the reason, BCCI also is keen to understand the point of view of the players & will take the decision accordingly in next day or two.

Cricket South Africa confidently declares ‘Indian team coming to SA next week’

Cricket has already fallen victim to the virus with the Netherlands ODI series being postponedafter the discovery of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, while three second division Four-Day Seriesgames that were scheduled to start around the country on Thursday have also been postponed.

Cricket South Africa’s acting chief executive officer Pholetsi Moseki said India’s tour being delayed by a week remains speculation.

This comes after the Hindustan Times reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is considering delaying the Indian team’s arrival for their all-format tour against South Africa. Virat Kohli’s side faces New Zealand in the second Test of their series in Mumbai that starts on Friday and they are scheduled to arrive in South Africa on 9 December.

A worry for CSA though is the spiking Covid-19 infection rate that saw the country report 8 561 new infections on Wednesday as compared to 4 373 on Tuesday.

Cricket has already fallen victim to the virus with the Netherlands ODI series being postponedafter the discovery of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, while three second division Four-Day Seriesgames that were scheduled to start around the country on Thursday have also been postponed.

Those matches were slated to take place in East London, Polokwane, and White River, with none of those venues being in the epicentre area of Gauteng where over 6 000 infections were recorded as per Wednesday’s numbers.

Moseki said they will be communicating with the BCCI, while also confirming that India will be chartering a flight to South Africa to avoid infection risk on commercial travel.

“We’ve been hearing things across various platforms, but the BCCI hasn’t come to us and it is pure speculation,” Moseki said.

A worry for CSA though is the spiking Covid-19 infection rate that saw the country report 8 561 new infections on Wednesday as compared to 4 373 on Tuesday.

Cricket has already fallen victim to the virus with the Netherlands ODI series being postponedafter the discovery of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, while three second division Four-Day Seriesgames that were scheduled to start around the country on Thursday have also been postponed.

Those matches were slated to take place in East London, Polokwane, and White River, with none of those venues being in the epicentre area of Gauteng where over 6 000 infections were recorded as per Wednesday’s numbers.

Moseki said they will be communicating with the BCCI, while also confirming that India will be chartering a flight to South Africa to avoid infection risk on commercial travel.

“We’ve been hearing things across various platforms, but the BCCI hasn’t come to us and it is pure speculation,” Moseki said.

“We speak to the BCCI daily and I guess one must wait until there is full confirmation. They are also chartering a flight here and won’t be needing commercial flight space.

“We’re still hoping to expect our visitors to arrive this time next week.”

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