Australia tour hasn’t finalized yet: BCCI
Cricket Australia (CA) has recently announced the summer schedule for the bilateral series. The CA has scheduled a three-match T20 series against India in October, a four-match Test series in December and a three-match ODI series in January. CA has scheduled the series against India with the T20 World Cup in mind.
At the end of the T20 series on Australian soil, India will play the World Cup. Team India will play Test and ODI series at the end of the World Cup. In other words, the Indian team will return to the country in January after completing the Australia tour. CA has made the schedule with such a plan.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has questioned the schedule. BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that the tour of Australia is not final yet. “If there is no T20 World Cup in Australia, the schedule for the India tour will change,” he said.
“The schedule that CA has published is pre-planned according to the eight-year future tour program. If the ICC does not host the T20 World Cup this year, then why will the team go to Australia in October? And if so, why come back after playing T20 series? Why return to Australia in December to play a Test series?”
If not the World Cup, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is in India’s plans. So the BCCI is reluctant to accept any schedule as final right now, said treasurer Dhumal, “CA has made this schedule from their own position. Because they are the host country, they can do it. However, there is still four-five months before that series. We are scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in July. If it is safe for cricketers to tour, we will go. Nothing is final or postponed yet.”
Dhumal also thinks that in order to start cricket on the field, all the boards have to plan a lot and decide everything. Because the whole world is still in panic. So to get cricket back, the plan has to be rolled back again and again.