South Africa in travel crisis: Anurag Thakur says – Contact government before sending team

Highlights:

  • Team India’s South Africa tour at risk from Omicron variant
  • Minister Anurag Thakur asked the team to talk to the government before sending it to South Africa
  • Team India is scheduled to play a series of 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 4 T20I matches in South Africa next month.

The discovery of a new Omicron variant of the Corona in South Africa has caused an uproar around the world. The qualifiers for the Women’s World Cup have been canceled by the ICC. Meanwhile, Team India’s tour of South Africa has been in jeopardy since next month. Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should hold talks with the government once before sending a cricket team to South Africa.

It is not appropriate to send the team to South Africa – Anurag Thakur

The new variant of Corona that has come up in South Africa is many times more dangerous than the previous variant. New Zealand has also decided to cancel the tour of South Africa after one-day. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur told the media that not only the BCCI but every board should talk to the government before sending a team to a country where a new variant of the Corona has come up. It is not appropriate to send a team to that country, if BCCI seeks advice from us then we will consider it. Let me tell you, Team India is going to tour South Africa next month with three Tests, three ODIs and four T20I matches.

The new variant of the Corona is very dangerous

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health said in a statement that a new variant of COVID-19 posed a threat to the World Health Organization (WHO) in South Africa on Friday. The new variant of the Corona found in South Africa, B.1.1529, has been named Omicron, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. This new variant of the corona virus is much more dangerous than before, the World Health Organization said.

The qualifier for next year’s Women’s World Cup is currently underway in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Women’s World Cup qualifier has been canceled by the ICC on Saturday following the omikron variant. And now the teams will qualify for the World Cup based on the rankings.

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