India’s tour of Australia almost ‘confirmed’
The chances of the Indian cricket team touring Australia have been further strengthened. Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Kevin Roberts says the chances of a series are now close to 100 percent, though not 100 percent certain. Australia may even tour England in September before the series against India.
India is scheduled to play the series in Australia in December-January. There was uncertainty about the series in the coronavirus situation. There are still fears, but they are diminishing over time. Without this series, Australia will be deprived of 300 million Australian dollars, so they are desperate to organize the series.
Australia are planning to hold the entire series in a spectator-free ground in one or two cities, with the Indian team already on tour and in quarantine. The Indian board recently said it had no objection to being in quarantine.
The coronavirus situation in Australia is now fairly controlled. Kevin Roberts also hinted at the possibility of allowing spectators to enter the field at some point in the series.
“In today’s world there is no such thing as certainty. So I can’t say 10 out of 10. All I can say is that the probability of coming to India is 9 out of 10. Whether there will be spectators, of course, is still in doubt. But I would be surprised if India’s visit doesn’t happen. I can’t say for sure whether I will be able to keep the audience completely from the beginning. Action will be taken after understanding the situation,”
Australia can be seen on the field before the series against India. Their ODI series has already been postponed for the tour of England in July. That could be now in September. Before that, England is preparing to host a series against West Indies and Pakistan. So Australia could go play there, says Roberts.
“There is a possibility that we can send a team. Of course, we will not put the cricketers at any risk. But before our tour there is a tour of West Indies and Pakistan, then there will be a big test. Hopefully, these series will end without any trouble.”
The T20 World Cup, however, is now widely believed to be behind schedule. It will be discussed further at an ICC meeting later this month. The idea is that the tournament could be delayed by a year.
Australia is scheduled to play a Test against Afghanistan in November. The limited overs series against Zimbabwe is scheduled for August. The future of these is still uncertain.