Cricket-South Africa captain Bavuma confident in board COVID protocols

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said he has full confidence in the biosecurity protocols established by the country’s Cricket Council (CSA) ahead of the India tour later this month. Sport in South Africa started to shut down Friday after l emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus, named Omicron, with travel bans and restrictions on flights leaving rugby teams and golfers to scramble to leave the country.

South Africa are set to host India in a series of three tests starting in Johannesburg on December 17, followed by three One Day Internationals (ODI) and four Twenty20 matches. “I am confident that our BSEs (biosafety environments) meet the highest safety standards,” Bavuma said Wednesday.

“Playing cricket in a BSE was a huge challenge for everyone involved in the game… The CSA is to be commended for the way they have handled BSE. South Africa test captain Dean Elgar said despite the mental toll of being in a bubble, players have come to terms with the need for strict protocols.

“It takes its toll on a player mentally and yet this team continues to produce good results and progress – it’s something that I personally think is not talked about enough,” said Elgar. “We don’t know how long we’ll continue to operate like this, but it’s gratifying to know that when tours arrive, the health and safety of everyone involved is the top priority.”

The ODI tour of the Netherlands in South Africa was postponed on Tuesday and the Zimbabwe Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament was also scrapped after the discovery of the new variant.

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