Newlands to host New Year’s test between India and South Africa, spectators will be allowed in venues | Locust
Team India will play matches in all formats on their year-end tour of South Africa which kicks off with the three-test series in Johannesburg on December 17. Boxing Day’s test will be held in Pretoria (December 26-30) and a New Years game in Cape Town (January 3-7).
Vaccinated spectators will be admitted to the sites, but in a limited number. Under current government legislation, 2,000 fans are allowed to enter sporting stadiums, but the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa in December will determine whether fans will be allowed or whether the number will increase. Currently, the numbers are the lowest since the dreaded virus was created in the country.
India will also play three ODIs and four T20I matches after the Test Series. Players will remain in the Western Cape for the limited overs matches. The ODIs will start on January 11 and will be held in Paarl and Cape Town, similar to the four T20I games which will start on January 19.
“Cricket South Africa is delighted to welcome India back to South Africa, which also significantly marks the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s first tour of India after returning to International Cricket in 1991. This tour affirms our unique relationship with BCCI, “CSA Cricket manager Graeme Smith said in a press release Friday.
The CSA has been hit hard by a number of tour cancellations since the start of the pandemic, including a proposed visit by Australia this year that was postponed indefinitely to February.
Calendar of Indian tour in South Africa
17-21 Dec. First Wanderers test, Johannesburg
December 26-30 Second test Centurion Park, Pretoria
January 3-7 Third test Newlands, Cape Town
January 11 First ODI park Boland, Paarl
January 14 Second ODI Newlands, Cape Town
January 16 Third ODI Newlands, Cape Town
January 19 Premier T20 Newlands, Cape Town
January 21 Second T20 Newlands, Cape Town
23 January Third T20 Boland Park, Paarl
January 26 Fourth T20 Boland Park, Paarl