Tuesday, 29 November 2022

India Vs South Africa Will be played In Empty Stands

India Vs South Africa Will be played In Empty Stands

South Africans who hoped to see their men's team in action in the flesh against India this summer will save money. CSA said on Monday, the three Tests and three ODI would get played in front of empty stands because of pandemic fears. That wasn't the only bad news cricket in the country endured on the day.

A release said that "owing to the increasing Covid cases around the world, and the fourth wave locally, [CSA and the BCCI] have taken a decision together to protect the players and the tour by not making tickets available" for sale.
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"avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspective and also maintain a hazard-free bubble environment."

CSA would "[explore] other alternative public viewing activations which will ensure that a limited number of fans can enjoy the summer cricket atmosphere."

Pholetsi Moseki, CSA's acting chief executive, was quoted as saying:

"We acknowledge the interest demonstrated by the fans and other stakeholders on being able to come back to stadiums and want to assure all cricket fans that this decision was not taken softly, but was instead taken in the best interest of the games and in the interest of the health and safety measures of all patrons."

South Africans were last on the ground in significant numbers to see the national team on March 7 last year for an ODI against Australia in Potchefstroom. Since then, South Africa should have played 50 more matches but might have fallen victim to the coronavirus. Five of those have been home games, most recently the last two ODIs of the Netherlands' visit last month. Capacity was limited to 2,000 for those matches, but only 476 turned up to see the first game, washed out after two overs of the second innings. Those may yet be the only paying spectators at an international match in South Africa this season.

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SA won't play the series against India, three Tests, and as many ODIs from December 26 to January 23 entirely behind closed doors: private suites will be open and allowed to get filled to half their regular capacity. But Dean Elgar's and Temba Bavuma's teams won't be backed by the full-throated roar of complete grounds for likely some of their most challenging home matches in years.

The release capped a day of developments CSA would rather not have had to countenance. First came the announcement that director of cricket Graeme Smith and men's team head coach Mark Boucher would get investigated in the new year in the wake of the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN)
Report accusing them of conduct that will be seen by many as racist. Then CSA said the third edition of the famous and, in cricketing though not financial terms, successful Mzansi Super League - planned for February - had been canceled over Covid fears.

Also, on Monday, veteran journalist Colin Bryden, for 27 years the editor of the South African Cricket Annual, wrote in an email addressed to "contributors to and supporters of" the publication that the "Editor's Notes."
He had submitted for the forthcoming edition had been "revised and substantially altered" by CSA. The Annual got published under CSA's aegis, but Bryden wrote that his "Notes" had appeared "without any interference" for the first 26 years of his editorship. He found CSA's actions unacceptable, so the latest Annual carries neither his contribution nor his name.

Asked if CSA had, in effect, censored Bryden, a spokesperson told:

"The chosen tonality and editorial approach would have created problems within CSA and in cricket in general and in particular on SJN. When this got highlighted, [Bryden] refused to relook at his page. In trying to not force anything on anyone, we took the decision that perhaps with the chair [Lawson Naidoo] being new, we used the opportunity to instead show a united voice of our leadership." The spokesperson said CSA had "handed the process of finding a new editor to an independent service provider."

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