South Africa-India Boxing Day Test to be played behind closed doors: Reports

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20 Dec 2021 | 05:37 AM
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South Africa-India Boxing Day Test to be played behind closed doors: Reports

The tour itself was earlier in serious doubt because of the prevailing situation but the boards of both countries agreed to go ahead with it

The Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa at Centurion could be played behind closed doors.ย 

Only some suite holders and delegates will be able to watch the match live through current COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the government allow for 2,000 fans, according to Afrikaans language weekly newspaper 'Rapport' as quoted by 'news24' website.

The organisers are still waiting to see if there are changes to the COvid-19 regulations next week. Meanwhile, there does not seem to be any activity pertaining to ticket sales for the New Year's Test, starting January 3 at the Wanderers. The official Twitter account confirmed the news.

"Please note, no announcement has been made regarding ticket sales for the upcoming Test match at the #ImperialWanderers Stadium between South Africa and India," the official Twitter account of the stadium said.

"At this point, it isn't clear if fans will be allowed. We will make further announcements in due course."

The series is taking place amid the rising threat of COVID-19 following the emergence of the Omicron variant last month. The country has seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks.

The tour itself was earlier in serious doubt because of the prevailing situation but the boards of both the countries agreed to go ahead with it.

On Sunday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that the remaining round of four-day franchise series, the country's premier domestic competition, has been postponed as a precautionary measure over COVID-19 fears.

The visitors, who arrived in South Africa on December 16, are staying in a resort (Irene Lodge) which is entirely booked for them by CSA to ensure that a strict bio-bubble is maintained throughout the series.

The third Test will be played in Cape Town from January 11. The three-match Test series will form part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.

(With inputs from PTI)

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