The BCCI decided to cancel the last two matches of the three-match series between India and South Africa. Now after the tour was canceled, the South African team reached Kolkata from Lucknow on Monday afternoon in order to return home. The last match of the series was to be played in Kolkata on March 18 and has reached Kolkata according to the schedule.
Due to the permission of the Bengal government, arrangements have been made for the guest team to stay at a hotel near the airport instead of Kolkata's Taj Bengal hotel. The African team will move directly from this hotel to Kolkata Airport on Tuesday and will leave for their country via Dubai.
South African cricketers underwent close thermal scanning when they reached Kolkata Airport. On reaching Kolkata, all the players looked quite satisfied, although some players, including former captain Faf du Plessis, had masks on their faces.
The players boarded the team's bus from the airport and left for the hotel. His stay is arranged at a hotel near the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. Thermal scanning of one member of the team was done at the main entrance of the hotel. According to the information received, players have been advised not to leave the hotel for walking.
Significantly, the South African team management itself had expressed a desire to move from Lucknow to Kolkata instead of Delhi as the Kolkata airport is considered safer than Delhi at the time due to the havoc of Corona. Not a single confirmed case of corona has been reported so far in Bengal.
The South African team has a flight from Kolkata Airport at 8.55 am on Tuesday. Significantly, the Bengal government did not allow the team to stay at the Taj Bengal Hotel in Alipur area of Kolkata as it is in a densely populated area. No players or staff of the South African team have found any signs of corona virus so far but the state government did not want to take any risk so they were accommodated in a hotel near the airport.