South Africa host India in a three-Test series beginning on Sunday in Centurion. The teams are also scheduled to play three one-day internationals starting from January 19.
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The South African board said in a statement that the decision to play behind closed doors had been taken jointly with the Indian cricket board (BCCI).
“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,” the statement read.
The statement added that the decision was made in the best interest of the game as well as the health and safety of players and staff.
South Africa reported a record number of daily Covid-19 infections last week in a fourth wave believed to be largely caused by the Omicron variant.