Australia forced to rejig entire home summer courtesy BCCI

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Australia will be coming to India in January 2020 for an ODI series
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Australia will be coming to India in January 2020 for an ODI series

BCCI has never failed to show how large an impact it has on World Cricket, and in yet another showcase of power, BCCI has completely declined the request of Cricket Australia for a shift in the schedule of an ODI series. As a result, Australia won’t be playing an ODI series at home in the upcoming summer. According to the new ICC fixtures, Australia was scheduled to complete a three-match ODI tour to India in January 2020.

However, certain reports had surfaced, saying that Australia had requested BCCI to push the series to a later date of the year. But BCCI was in no mood to budge and even insisted to begin the series several days earlier. With the Indian board in no mood to make any changes in its schedule, Cricket Australia is forced to drop a home series against New Zealand which was scheduled to begin after the New Year’s test in Sydney.

The reports further suggested that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have accepted the postponement of their series and is looking at further dates to reschedule the same.

“We’re quite relaxed about it and confident a contingency can be arranged,” a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said while talking to stuff.co.nz

On the other hand, a Cricket Australia spokesperson said, “We have been working hard to rejig the schedule to fit a change in dates for the two ODI series, at home with New Zealand and away with India, on the back end of the Sydney test but there are necessary trade-offs.”

“As a sport, we are fortunate that we have three formats, a compelling international and domestic offering for both men and women. Complexities are bound to and often arise. What we are working through is a solution that sees us honouring our commitments to overseas boards, being flexible to their changing needs, balanced with the need to schedule a summer of cricket that works for the fans. We are confident we will find a way to deliver, with some trade-offs,” the spokesperson added.

Australia will be hosting India in the later part of the 2020-21 season.       Courtesy: FOX SPORTS

The scheduling of the India series has, however, put Kevin Rogers, the new CA executive in a spot of bother. The series against India would mean that big names like Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and David Warner would miss the Big Bash League. The country’s premier T20 league is held in the month of December and January.

On the other hand, not accepting BCCI’s proposal would have had different consequences, with Cricket Australia paying a different price. India is scheduled to tour Australia again in 2020 and that tour could be jeopardised. It could have also hurt Australia’s hopes to stage a day-night test against India. Meanwhile, the 2020-21 season will feature yet another four-match test series against India, which will be preceded by the World Twenty20 and a one-off test against Afghanistan, for Australia.

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