Proteas head coach Mark Boucher with Temba Bavuma. (Photo: Isuru Sameera Peiris / Gallo Images)

  • The new Covid-19 variant threatens to derail South Africa’s cricket summer.
  • The first ODI between South Africa and the Netherlands is underway, but the rest of the series is threatened.
  • Of greatest concern is the lucrative India series taking place next month where a cancellation would hit Cricket South Africa significantly from a financial perspective.

The United Kingdom, which puts South Africa on the red list due to the new Covid-19 variant, is threatening to derail SA’s mouth-watering cricket summer.

Proteas are currently in action against the Netherlands at SuperSport Park in Centurion, but with the tourists with players based in the UK, these individuals may risk having to endure the 10-day quarantine that comes with being put on. the red list.

While the initial ODI was given the green light, Sport24 understands that a high-level meeting will take place on Friday to see if the second and third ODIs will take place.

What will be of great concern to Cricket South Africa will be the India tour which takes place later in December.

The Indian government has not put South Africa on the red list for the B.1.1.529 variant identified by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

According to the NICD’s website, 22 cases of the new variant were registered, while 2,465 new cases were registered on Thursday.

The cancellation of the India tour, which will consist of three tests, three ODIs and four T20s, will hit CSA significantly in the pocket.

India travel is lucrative and South Africa’s economic models are based on the unexpected trip that comes with an India trip.

India ‘A’ are already in South Africa, where they are involved in the first of three first-class four-day matches against South Africa ‘A’.

Covid-19-related issues also ruined Australia’s test tour, which was scheduled to take place earlier this year, while England curtailed their limited overs tour last year due to a Covid-19 scare.

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