Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa on Saturday confirmed that the India Tour will continue as originally scheduled, with a few adjustments to the logistical arrangements, such as the arrival time of the Indian Team.
Pursuant to a very cordial relationship between the Board of Cricket South Africa and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the tour is now confirmed and the arrival timings of the Indian team will be moved out by a week, to allow for effective logistical planning.
With the Proteas men's team having already participated in no less than eight international cricket BSEs, CSA is pleased to announce that this tour will also take place under the strictest Covid-19 guidelines, as contained in the BSE protocols.
India will play three (3) One Day Internationals and three (3) Tests against the Proteas. However, the four (4) scheduled T20 Matches will be rescheduled in the new year, as part of the joint MoU.
CSA is also pleased to confirm that the allocation of match venues will still be in respect of the Bubble Safe Environment (BSEs) and therefore the decision on the allocations will take into account the need for safer playing environments.
CSA has instituted these world-class standards and measures to ensure that all players, staff and officials are protected within this environment. CSA's main focus is to safeguard the cricket biosphere by managing strict entry standards and limited movement outside of its cordon. CSA will confirm the venues in the next 48 hours.
Pholetsi Moseki, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Cricket South Africa said, "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. I would like to take this opportunity to also thank our commercial partners and fans, as we promise them a great game of cricket ahead," he added.