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India vs South Africa. (Photo: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that India’s tour of South Africa will begin on December 26. It has been postponed by nine days as it was originally slated to begin on December 17.

The series was given the green light with a slightly changed set of matches. While the number of Tests and ODIs remain the same, the T20I series has been postponed for the moment. The matter was discussed during BCCI’s recently concluded 90th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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India’s tour of South Africa, 2021-22, will proceed with the revised dates and itinerary. The team will participate in a three-match Test series followed by a three-match ODI series starting December 26th, 2021,” the statement from the apex board read.

CSA CEO thanks BCCI for sticking to India’s tour of South Africa

Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Pholetsi Moseki was thankful that their Indian counterparts agreed to tour despite the emergence of the new covid-19 variant. Strict bio-bubbles are expected to be in place for the series and all the players will have to follow the protocols.

I would like to thank both the leadership of Cricket South Africa, as well as the leadership of the BCCI for working so tirelessly to make this tour a reality. Even under the most uncertain times, the Boards kept the light of hope alive and kept us anticipating that this tour will indeed take place.”

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

“For us, as CSA it is always a meeting of old friends when the Proteas take on India but we will still present the fans with a compelling proposition and a great spectacle to watch,” Moseki said.

Earlier, the team was scheduled to fly out to Johannesburg from Mumbai on December 9 but with the postponement of the start, the flight timings will change.

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