South Africa-India Boxing Day Test to be played behind closed doors: Reports

The India-South Africa Boxing Day Test in Centurion could be played behind closed doors. According to the Afrikaans language weekly newspaper ‘Rapport,’ as quoted by the ‘news24’ website, only a few suite holders and delegates will be allowed to watch the match live due to existing COVID-19 limits imposed by the government, which allow for 2,000 fans.

The organizers are currently waiting to see if the Covid-19 regulations are changed next week. Meanwhile, there appears to be no action about ticket sales for the New Year’s Test, which will take place on January 3 at the Wanderers. The news was confirmed by the official Twitter account.

“Please notice that no announcement has been made regarding ticket sales for the forthcoming Test match between South Africa and India at the #ImperialWanderers Stadium,” the stadium’s official Twitter account read.

“It’s unclear whether fans will be permitted at this time. We’ll make more announcements as time goes on.”

Following the discovery of the Omicron version of COVID-19 last month, the series is taking place in the midst of growing COVID-19 danger. In the last several weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has increased dramatically. The tour was previously in jeopardy due to the current situation, but the boards of both countries agreed to go forward with it.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) stated on Sunday that the last round of the four-day franchise series, the country’s primary domestic competition, has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The tourists, who arrived in South Africa on December 16, are staying at an Irene Lodge resort that has been reserved exclusively for them by CSA in order to maintain a strict bio-bubble during the series. The third Test will begin on January 11 in Cape Town. The three-match Test series will be part of the ICC World Test Championship’s new cycle.