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Updated 30-Nov-2021 • Published 26-Nov-2021
Newsfile - New Covid-19 variant threatens South African home summer
- A new Covid-19 variant has come up in South Africa in late November
- With Covid-19 cases rising, a number of series are at stake; among the highest-profile of these is India's men's team tour of South Africa for three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is scheduled to start from mid-December
- South Africa has been added to the UK's red list and travel restrictions from several countries are in place
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Not long after the statement from the South African government, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told PTI: “We stand with them (South Africa); the only thing is we won't compromise on players' safety. As of now we have a chartered flight going to Johannesburg as scheduled and players will be in a bio bubble.”
On the possible change of venues within South Africa to deal with the threat, Dhumal said, "We are in constant touch with the Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials.
"Whatever best we can do to not compromise the series we will try and do but if situation aggravates and if it compromises our players' safety and health, we will see. In the end, whatever is the Government of India advisory, we will abide by that.”