Omicron Scare: India tour of South Africa likely to be postponed

New-Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday has reportedly decided to postpone by a week. As reported by the ANI, both boards are in constant touch and the decision will be taken keeping the safety of players in mind.”

“We are discussing pushing back the series by a week due to the threat of the Omicron COVID variant and we are awaiting the Indian government nod, both boards are in constant touch and everything is being discussed. The health and safety of our players is of utmost importance,” the senior official told ANI.

India is slating to tour South Africa next month for three Tests, three ODIs and four T20s. The tour is slated to begin on December 17.

Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs said, BCCI should consult the government before sending the team to South Africa where the new Covid-19 Omicron variant has emerged.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. This came after the WHO held a meeting to discuss the newly-identified COVID-19 variant.

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