The fate of India’s upcoming tour of South Africa amid apprehension sparked by new COVID-19 variant Omicron will be discussed when BCCI holds its 90th annual general meeting in Calcutta on Saturday to discuss a crowd other questions as well. In the 24-point agenda of the BCCI, point (T) concerns “Update on the program of future visits” and under this provision the discussion can take place. The emergence of Omicron, which is said to spread faster than the earlier Delta variant, in several countries including India has raised widespread alarm around the world.
The variant was detected and reported to the world by South Africa and as it stands there have been several hospitalizations in Gauteng province, where Johannesburg is located, the site of the first two tests starting on the 17th. December.
Team India is expected to depart for Johannesburg early on December 9, but as of yet it is unclear whether the tour is ongoing, suspended or reduced.
India is scheduled for a full tour comprising three tests, three ODIs and four T20Is.
Although the series is not on the official meeting agenda, it can be brought up when discussing the Future Tours program.
On their last tour of England in September, India, leading 2-1 before the final test at Old Trafford, was unable to field a squad following a COVID outbreak in the India bubble. team and the game had to be postponed until July 2022.
In view of this, Council members would certainly deliberate for a long time on the issue which now emerges as the priority with less than a week of the departure of the team.
At present, the India A team is in South Africa and the Council is still pursuing this mission.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who is due to complete his 100th test in Cape Town, asked for more details on the tour on the eve of the second and final test against New Zealand in Mumbai on Thursday.
“… you want to have clarity and you want to be in a situation where you know exactly what’s going on. We also have to be realistic. We can’t just ignore the things that could potentially put you in a confusing situation. And no one wants to be there, “he said.
“We have had a discussion with the board and are quite confident that in a day or two or two or very soon we will have absolute clarity on what is going on,” Kohli said.
Apart from that, the eight Indian Premier League franchises have already published their player retention lists and all eyes will now be on the 2022 mega-auction, the date of which could be announced at the AGM.
Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the two new teams for IPL 2022 and they can now choose three target players ahead of the auction.
There could also be a discussion about the approval status of CVC Capital Partners which sparked controversy after purchasing the Ahmedabad franchise.
CVC Capital made the second-largest bid of Rs 5,600 crore to pass the Adani group off as the Ahmedabad franchise, but they quickly came under the Council’s scanner for their alleged links to betting companies.
The AGM’s 24-point agenda also includes the team’s poor performance at the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, issues related to the National Cricket Academy and the renewal of the coach’s contract. , among others.
India exited the group stage to top off a poor show at the T20 World Cup. The board is expected to discuss the way forward given that there are back-to-back World Cups in 2022 and 2023.
Following the debacle in the United Arab Emirates, India has put in place a new coach in the person of head coach Rahul Dravid, who has been appointed to the helm until the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
Dravid and the new support staff took charge of the ongoing home series against New Zealand and team building would be a key area.
Dravid’s appointment as head coach meant that BCCI would need someone to run the National Cricket Academy.
Former Dravid teammate VVS Laxman is the new director of National Cricket Academy and his appointment along with other NCA staff, including the appointment of former Australian and English bowling coach Troy Cooley, will be ratified.
In addition, two representatives of the general body and a representative of the Indian Cricketers Association on the IPL Board of Directors would be appointed.
Brijesh Patel, IPL chairman and Khairul Jamal (Mamon) Majumdar are expected to be re-elected while Pragyan Ojha will continue as the players’ representative.
The appointment of the cricket and standing committees will also take place as it has not been around for very long. You can expect a big name to lead the cricket committee.
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