South Africa Authorities Will Permit Indian Staff To Fly Out If Borders Are Closed, Says CSA

Cricket South Africa has announced that the Indian team will be allowed to fly out if the borders are closed due to the Covid-19 protocols. India is on an ongoing tour of South Africa. India and South Africa will lock the horns in a test and ODI series. However, the Covid-19 situation in South Africa is serious due to the Omnicron variant outbreak.

Due to the outbreak of the Omnicron variant of the coronavirus, many countries have closed borders with African countries where the cases are peaking. South Africa is currently experiencing the fourth wave of Covid-19. In the past few days, the Omnicron cases in South Africa have decreased, but nothing can be guaranteed for the future. The Indian team is currently preparing for the upcoming test series in South Africa.

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The South African government will allow the Indian team to fly out if the borders are closed: Cricket South Africa

Speaking to News 24, CSA’s chief medical officer, Dr. Shuaib Manjra that the South African government has given a guarantee that the Indian team will be allowed to fly back to India if the borders are closed.

“If repatriation is required and the borders are closed, the government has given a guarantee that it will allow the players and the team to return to India.

“I think we have taken all possible steps to make sure that the Indian team is not only safe here, but that if they have to leave for any reason they will be free at any time,” said Shuaib Manjra .

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A BCCI official announced that BCCI is in regular contact with Cricket South Africa officials and the Indian team management in South Africa. The official mentioned that Indian players are having a comfortable stay.

“We are in regular contact with CSA officials and the Indian team management in South Africa. The team had a very comfortable stay. As now, the series is behind closed doors – every threat is further reduced. CSA has also given assurances that in the event of any inconvenience, the Indian team will be granted permission to fly immediately, ”said the BCCI official.

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India vs South Africa Test and ODI series consist of three games. The test series is played first, followed by the ODI series. The 1st test IND vs. SA starts on December 26th at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Virat Kohli will lead India in the test series while Rohit Sharma is the ODI series captain.

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