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MUMBAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – India cricketers anticipate to know within the subsequent few days whether or not their tour of South Africa later this month will go forward following the emergence there of the Omicron coronavirus variant, captain Virat Kohli mentioned on Thursday.

Sport in South Africa started to close down final week following the emergence of Omicron, with journey bans and restrictions on flights leaving rugby groups and golfers scrambling to depart the nation.

South Africa are set to host India in a three-test sequence beginning in Johannesburg on Dec. 17 adopted by three one-day internationals (ODI) and 4 Twenty20 matches.

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“We’re not enjoying in regular instances in any case,” Kohli instructed reporters forward of India’s second and remaining check in opposition to New Zealand in Mumbai from Friday.

“So there’s a whole lot of planning that is concerned. There’s a whole lot of preparation that is concerned when it comes to understanding precisely what is going on on.

“There are gamers who will not be a part of the group proper now who can be getting into quarantine to hitch the staff within the bubble to fly in a constitution (plane) these sorts of issues. You wish to search readability as quickly as attainable.”

Indian cricket board (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly instructed Reuters final week that they have been monitoring the scenario in South Africa.

When requested if there have been discussions to postpone the India tour, Ganguly’s Cricket South Africa counterpart Graeme Smith instructed reporters: “Nothing like this has been mentioned.”

Kohli mentioned coach Rahul Dravid has initiated discussions among the many senior members of the Indian squad relating to the upcoming tour.

“We have been speaking to the board and we’re fairly assured inside a day or two or fairly quickly we’ll have absolute readability as to what’s going on,” mentioned Kohli.

“However yeah, look, we should be lifelike about issues as nicely. We can’t simply ignore the issues that probably may put you in a complicated place and nobody needs to be there.

“So I am certain everybody’s working exhausting in direction of discovering readability and giving us the scenario because it unfolds as quickly as attainable. And all of us are hopeful that may occur quickly.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; further reporting by Nick Mentioned in Cape City; modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore

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