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The final call on India’s tour of South Africa will reportedly be taken in the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) set to be held on Saturday. The emergence of a new covid-19 variant called the Omicron has cast doubts over the plausibility of the tour.

As per the 24-point agenda, point (T) is regarding Future Tours Programme (FTP) and according to a report in TOI, the members might take a decision during this. As of now, the tour is set to continue as per schedule but the Government’s decision will also affect the final outcome.

Omicron was discovered by South Africa and the region has already seen quite a few cases of the variant. It has been determined to have a fast-spreading nature coupled with mild symptoms but as a precautionary measure, plenty of countries have cut off travel routes to and from Africa.

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There have been many cases reported in the Gauteng province near Johannesburg, the place where India will play the first two tests of the 3-match Test series. They are also scheduled to travel from Mumbai to Johannesburg on December 9 via a bubble-to-bubble transfer.

“We will have absolute clarity soon” – Virat Kohli on India’s tour of South Africa

The Indian skipper Virat Kohli stated that the team has been in constant touch with the BCCI regarding the tour. They are slated to play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 4 T20Is on the full-fledged tour.

You want to have clarity and you want to be in a situation where you know exactly what is going on. We have to be realistic as well. We cannot just ignore the things that potentially could put you in a confusing place. And no one wants to be there.”

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We have been talking to the Board, and we are pretty confident that within a day or two or pretty soon we will have absolute clarity as to what is going on,” Kohli stated.

The tour begins on December 17 with the first Test in Johannesburg.

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