Sourav Ganguly said India’s tour of South Africa remains on schedule.© AFP
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said on Tuesday that India’s tour to south africa stay on schedule and they are keeping a close eye on the situation surrounding the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant. There is increasing concern about the distribution of the new COVID-19 variant, called Omicron, which was first reported in South Africa. “The tour is going on as things stand now. We still have time to decide. The first test is scheduled for December 17. We will think about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.
India play the last Test against New Zealand in Mumbai and are scheduled to depart from there on a charter flight to Johannesburg on 8 or 9 December.
“Players’ safety and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.
On the tour, India play three Tests, three ODIs and four T20s.
The former Indian captain also backed the versatile Hardik Pandya to regain his place in the team after returning to full fitness.
“He’s a good cricketer. He’s not fit, that’s why he’s not in the squad. He’s young, I hope he makes a comeback after recovering from his injury,” he said.
Recently, the legendary Kapil Dev Hardik questioned Pandya’s role as a versatile player in the Indian team after he stopped bowling after his back surgery.
“Do not compare him (Hardik) to Kapil Dev. He belonged to another league,” Ganguly concluded.
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