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South Africa to go ahead with India tour amid coronavirus fears
South Africa Tour of India

South Africa to go ahead with India tour amid coronavirus fears

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has given a green signal to the team's tour of India for the three-match ODI series starting March 12 despite fears regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

The touring party's team of experts has deemed it safe to travel to India after performing a risk assessment of the effects of the spread of the viral disease.

South Africa's 16-member squad will embark on the trip to India as scheduled on Sunday with the first game planned on Thursday in Dharamshala.

The statement from the board said that "CSA has engaged in a formal risk assessment process to ensure the health and safety of and duty of care to our players and staff".

CSA has taken into account the advice from a variety of international experts, including the World Health Organisation and have consulted with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

"The Proteas will be travelling to India via Dubai and landing and spending a day in Delhi, then proceeding to play in Dharamshala, Lucknow and Kolkata," the statement added.

"None of the playing venues have recorded positive cases and travel between these cities will be via chartered flights reducing the risk even further. The risks in Dubai and Delhi are considered low."

The total number of coronavirus cases in India is currently 31, though the BCCI has emphasized it would not interfere with the upcoming Indian Premier League.

CSA have also been advised on precautionary measures and will be accompanied by the CSA Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shuaib Manjra.

Their ODI series against India is a continuation of the international assignment in the country that saw them draw a T20I series and lose three out of four Tests versus the hosts last year.