SA vs IND : CSA clears up confusion concerning hospitality tickets SA vs IND : Cricket South Africa(CSA) clears up confusion concerning hospitality tickets

SA vs IND : CSA clears up confusion concerning hospitality tickets

The three-match Test series between India and SA is currently led by the visitors.

The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Cricket South Africa(CSA) came up with a new conundrum after a question was raised on why hospitality tickets have been made unavailable for the general public. The ongoing Test series between India and South Africa has been taking place behind closed doors and hence, no tickets were issued for the fans due to the Covid-19 restrictions. However, seeing the commercial partners and Indian guests in the stands had become confusing in the last few days.

The South Africa board had worked hard to keep the ongoing series happening as they were a lot of jeopardy over the series getting postponed. CSA finally intervened and explained in a statement that the board is obliged to present hospitality tickets to the commercial partners and the guests who had traveled with the Indian side.

No hospitality tickets are being sold nor available for sale, confirms CSA

The board made sure the public understands the reason behind issuing hospitality tickets to the commercial partners and the guests with team India in a statement. The statement also mentioned the board regretting that the fans are not being able to view live matches due to the restrictions going on.

“However, CSA is still contractually obligated to issue hospitality tickets to its commercial partners and guests traveling with Team India. Therefore, attendance of matches by commercial partners is a contractual commercial deliverable, in pursuance of partner obligations. No hospitality tickets are being sold nor available for sale.” CSA stated in a press release as quoted by News 18.

“CSA regrets that cricket fans are presently not able to attend matches, owing to the restrictions that have been occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and very specific conditions of a bio-secure environment,” the statement added

Meanwhile, South Africa has had the upper hand so far at the end of the third day’s play in the second Test against India at the Wanderers. With 8 wickets in hand, and 122 to win the Test, the hosts look the favorites despite the strong Indian pace attack. Rain has stopped play on the fourth day in the first session and an early lunch has been taken.