The BCCI had decided to go ahead with the highly-anticipated tour of South Africa despite growing concern about the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.
India and South Africa played out a successful tour, including three Tests and as many ODIs, that concluded in Sunday.
“Big thank you @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99 and the Indian players and management for the faith you showed in SA cricket’s ability to pull off a safe and successful tour. Your commitment at an uncertain time has set the example that a lot can follow,” Smith tweeted.
The former skipper’s tweet also seems to be directed towards the Australian and England boards.
Big thank you @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99 and the Indian players and management for the faith you showed in SA crick… https://t.co/wMFBOAi0yv
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) 1642961027000
Australia had postponed a three-match Test tour of South Africa due to an “unacceptable” coronavirus risk last year, following which Smith had expressed disappointment at Cricket Australia’s decision.
England, on the other hand, had returned home mid-way during their limited-overs series in South Africa after a Covid-19 outbreak in bio-bubble arrangement in South Africa in December 2020.
The Proteas won both the series — Test and ODI– against India which aided the South African team’s resurgence, and the broadcast rights money from this tour is also likely to make Cricket South Africa (CSA) healthy again.
🚨 RESULT | #PROTEAS WON BY 4 RUNSAn absolute nail-biter to end a fantastic #BetwayODISeries and tour🤩 Thank you… https://t.co/1vfbkvmESN
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1642956749000
Ahead of India’s tour, South Africa’s discovery of the Omicron variant had caused much trepidation as cases soared in the country.
The Netherlands’ tour of South Africa was abandoned, while CSA also had to postpone its domestic fixtures.