Team India are all set to return in action in Thiruvananthapuram next month when they will take on South Africa in the limited-overs series. According to the reports of Times of India, both the teams will take on each other in a five-match ODI and three-match T20I series, which will all take place at the Sports hub and are likely from March 7 onwards.
However, this series will mark the return of the Indian team to international cricket, who had last featured against Australia in the final of the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia in Melbourne. However, the Indian players had featured in the Women’s T20 Challenge in the UAE during the IPL 2020, there were no other domestic matches for them. On the other hand, South Africa have recently played against Pakistan at home where they successfully won the series in both ODIs and T20Is.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) office-bearers and BCCI joint-secretary Jayesh Geroge had a meeting with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan last week about the permission to host the series in the state as well while keeping the COVID-19 restrictions in mind.
Officials, Players to undergo quarantine and be in bio-bubble during the India-SA series
“The government has agreed to let us host matches at the Sports Hub in a bio-secure environment. The Sports Hub has been used as a Covid first-line treatment centre till now. We will now have to sanitize the whole venue and make other necessary arrangements. The pitches and the ground have been maintained well despite the Covid situation. So that won’t be a concern,” Sajan Varghese, KCA president, said to the TOI.
Meanwhile, the players, support staff and other officials will have to be in the quarantine after entering the bio-bubble. “We will be needing nearly 100 rooms to accommodate the players, support staff, match officials, telecast crew, etc for the duration of the tour. They are likely to be put up in one of the hotels in Kovalam,” he again said.
It is also noteworthy that, this will also be the first international matches in Kerala after they hosted India’s T20I match against West Indies in December 2019.