The fate of India’s next tour of South Africa will be decided at the BCCI’s 90th Annual General Meeting on Saturday, which will also address a slew of other concerns, including the new COVID-19 variation Omicron, which has sparked concern. The debate can take place under point (T) of the BCCI’s 24-point agenda, which refers to the “Update on Future Tours Program.”

The development of Omicron in numerous

nations, including India, which is reported to spread quicker than the older Delta form, has sparked significant concern around the world. South Africa discovered the variant and alerted the rest of the world, and as of today, many hospitalizations have occurred in the Gauteng province, where Johannesburg, the site of the first two Tests commencing December 17, is located.

Team India is scheduled to travel to Johannesburg early on December 9, but there is no word yet on whether the tour will go ahead, be cancelled, or be shortened. India will play three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and four Twenty20 Internationals on their whole tour. Despite the fact that the series is not on the official agenda, it might be discussed at the Future Tours Program discussion.

India’s recent visit to England in September, with a 2-1 lead heading into the final Test at Old Trafford, was cancelled due to a COVID epidemic within the team bubble, and the match was postponed for July 2022. Given this, the Board members would almost probably spend considerable time deliberating on the matter, which has now surfaced as a top priority with less than a week until the team’s departure.

The India A team is currently in South Africa, and the Board is still working on that project. On the eve of the second and final Test against New Zealand in Mumbai on Thursday, skipper Virat Kohli, who will play his 100th Test in Cape Town, demanded more clarity on the tour.