Despite the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus spreading rampantly across Africa, Cricket South Africa (CSA) feels confident in hosting India for the upcoming all-format series in December and January, which will include three Tests, as many ODIs, and four T20Is. The A team of India is now in Bloemfontein for three unofficial Tests, one of which has already ended. While the cancellation of the Women’s World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe and the postponement of two One-Day Internationals against the Netherlands do not bode well, CSA acting chief executive officer Pholetsi Moseki is optimistic that the series against India will go as planned because both boards are closely monitoring the situation.

On November 28, thesouthafrican.com quoted Moseki as stating, “We spoke to the BCCI, and they are very much committed to the tour. India A is still in the nation, and there is no indication that they will leave. They’re still committed, and the tour is expected to go on,” he said. “The tour is definitely still on, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t continue until we’re caught off guard by anything unexpected. The question now is whether or not fans will be allowed in. We’ve been attempting to increase the number of spectators in the stadiums. With the way things are going, I believe the only thing we can do now is to wait and watch what happens with the administration. We hope we don’t end up in a situation where we have a complete shutdown.

Moseki also expressed confidence in CSA’s ability to provide the necessary bio-secure arrangements for the tour. “You have to remember the England one that ended up being a disaster, so our bio-bubbles are really powerful. After that, we jacked up our bio-bubbles, and the spectator matter is something we can’t control. We’ll communicate with the tour to show that there is a commitment for the tour to take place once we’ve resolved the Netherlands issue. Because the government knows we prepare strong bio-bubbles, we can play without spectators, as we did against Pakistan and Sri Lanka”.