Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock, India, South Africa
Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday confirmed India’s tour of South Africa with the latest schedule.

After the reports of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron was detected in the Africa nation, the tour remained doubtful.

India tour of South Africa to commence on December 26

Virat Kohli, Temba Bavuma, India, South Africa, India v South Africa, South Africa v India
India vs South Africa. (Photo: Twitter)

CSA in coordination with its counterpart Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) dropped the T20I matches from its schedule with both teams left to play three Test matches and as many ODIs.

The tour begins on December 26 with the first Test between South Africa and India will take place at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

The second Test will commence on January 3 at the Imperial Wanderers in Johannesburg with the final Test to start on January 11 at the Six-Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town.

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After the completion of the Test series, both the teams will switch to One Day Internationals as the first match starts on January 19 at the Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl followed by the second game at the same venue. The final ODI of the tour will be played in Cape Town.

“It is a pleasure for Cricket South Africa (CSA) to confirm the updated schedule for the India men’s tour to South Africa,” the board said in a media release uploaded on its official website.

Lawson Naidoo
Lawson Naidoo, CSA Chairperson. Image-Sunday world.co.za

“The Test series will form part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODI series will form part of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League, the qualification tournament for the 2023 ICC Men’s World Cup,” the release further added.

India A team is currently playing the South Africa A team in their own backyard with both the unofficial Test matches ending in a draw, the series will be decided in the ongoing final match in Bloemfontein.

According to BCCI officials, some of the India team players will remain back in South Africa either they will be part of the main squad or might be included as net bowlers.

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