India tour of Australia likely to go ahead as scheduled: BCCI sources

BCCI sources confirmed that India’s tour of Australia is most likely to happen in 2020 and the board is considering various prospects for resumption of cricket post coronavirus pandemic.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • India are scheduled to play four Tests and three ODIs in December-January
  • BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has already said India is ready to quarantine for 14 days
  • BCCI feels that cricket should resume in September and October

Cricket Australia (CA) has received a major reprieve as India’s upcoming tour of Australia is likely to go ahead according to BCCI sources. If India tour doesn’t take place, Cricket Australia could lose as much as 300 million Australian dollars.

While BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has already said the team is ready to quarantine for 14 days, BCCI sources told Boria Majumdar, India Today Consulting Editor Sports that the tour will most likely happen as scheduled.

India are scheduled to play four Tests and three ODIs in December-January, a tour that should give a massive fillip to Cricket Australia’s (CA) dwindling finances.

As per the rules amid Covid-19 pandemic, those travelling to Australia have to go into isolation for a couple of weeks. The quarantine rules could have seen BCCI postponing the tour but the Indian cricket board is willing to play the scheduled four-match Test series.

BCCI sources also confirmed that if the T20 World Cup doesn’t happen the tour will not be broken up into parts but will continue with Test and T20I as a continuous series.

The Indian cricket board also feels that cricket should resume in September and October but is unlikely to say anything in public till the lockdown ends and the things open up.

BCCI is also taking into consideration the prospect of bio friendly stadiums and different formats for resumption of cricket.

BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had said on downplaying the logistical issues likely to arise because of the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that India’s tour of Australia later this year is likely to go ahead.

“As far as the fifth Test goes, when cricket resumes, (we will see) whether any country would like to host an additional Test or have two T20s instead, which is likely to generate more revenues,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said.

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