No Tickets to be Sold for Upcoming India vs Proteas Tour
No Tickets to be Sold for Upcoming India vs Proteas Tour. Photo: Twitter / Cricket SA

India and South Africa’s official cricket bodies have taken the difficult joint decision to not make any tickets available for the upcoming Proteas vs India tour. This is to protect both the players and the tour, said Cricket SA.

The matches  – due to begin in less than a week – will however be broadcast live on SuperSport and SABC.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that “regrettably” it wished to “inform the most ardent fans of cricket as well as all sports lovers that owing to the increasing COVID cases around the world, and the fourth wave locally, the two cricketing bodies have taken a joint decision to protect the players and the tour by NOT making tickets available for the India vs Proteas offerings. This decision was taken in order to avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspective and to also maintain a hazard-free bubble environment.”

In addition to being broadcast on SuperSport and SABC, CSA said it is “exploring other alternative public viewing activations which will ensure that a limited number of fans are able to enjoy the summer cricket atmosphere with other fans via activation sites, while still observing the strictest safety measures and exercising duty of care.”

Alternatives will be announced as soon as approvals have been secured.

Pholetsi Moseki, CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer said: “We acknowledge the interest expressed by the fans and other stakeholders on being able to return to stadiums and want to assure all cricket fans that this decision was not taken lightly, but was instead taken in the best interest of the game and in the interest of the health and safety of all patrons. Consequently, we urge all sport lovers to exercise absolute care, during these extraordinary times. I also wish to take this time to urge all South Africans to continue spreading the positive messages of VACCINATION, VACCINATION AND VACCINATION, because this is the only way that we can truly get our country back into its high economic activity, which will assist government to open up the economy and all its forms of economic activity, including allowing greater numbers of fans back into stadiums.”