Despite the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) is continuing their talks to hold India’s tour of South Africa that is slated to start next month.
There are several protocols that are expected to be put in place, and one such condition dictates that the Indian team will travel to a bio-bubble in Mumbai and depart to Johannesburg through a charter flight.
“The Indian team will get into a bio-bubble during the second Test in Mumbai starting December 3 and the bubble will travel from Mumbai to Johannesburg in a charter,” a source in the know of developments said.
Usually, a team that’s flying overseas is expected to undergo hard quarantine. However, since it will be a bubble-to-bubble transfer, Virat Kohli and co. won’t be kept in isolation once they land in South Africa. At the moment, the board is currently preparing to answer the players’ queries regarding the same.
Johannesburg to Cape Town – Only flight that India will take during the series
The schedule has been created such that the Indian team doesn’t have to travel much once they land in Johannesburg. The first Test will be played there before the team moves to Centurion, which is just an hour away via the road.
It is the same case with Cape Town and Paarl, the other two venues that will be in play for the entire white-ball series. If there needs to be a change of any sort due to the rapid spread of the virus, the board will discuss it with the central government and the health department.
The two boards have decided to form an extremely strict bio-bubble keeping the situation in mind. It is very unlikely that a crowd will be allowed considering South Africa has already reported six cases of the new virus.