How the Indian cricket calender will change because of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Global pandemic novel Covid-19 has brought the world into a standstill which has not only been taking several lives but also postponed all the sporting events across the globe including 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) a domestic season as well. While the BCCI planning the nationwide camp for all centrally contracted cricketers, scheduled to start mid-July, hosting it amid this situation looks tough. 

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“Please keep in mind, without the central authorities and respective state authorities approvals, the BCCI can not do something,” share these monitoring developments. However, it is expected that the issues will vary by the primary week of August amid the COVID situation in Bangalore, the place the Nationwide Cricket Academy (NCA) is situated.

Although there is a Plan ‘B’ too to host the camp in Dharamsala, Himachal. But the problem surrounding hospitality can be considered keeping the HPCA’s own infrastructure in mind – which is currently on hold related to logistics and travel-related concerns now. “One other factor to notice is, if the IPL occurs, gamers should report back to their franchises 21 days forward of the match. So, the central camp could be a formality,” add sources.

While there is a possibility of hosting IPL later this year, it wouldn’t be a concern for BCCI to reschedule the camp. Moreover, India’s tour to Australia is expected to stretch long enough for tv and make it a prime-time object as it will be played without spectators.

“The current (interim) schedule for Australia tour was launched by Cricket Australia (CA) with the primary Take a look at to start on December 3. Additionally, to notice is a three-match T20 sequence that was scheduled forward of the Assessments, to be adopted by a three-match ODI sequence. A kind of two – both T20s or ODIs – should be cancelled. Most probably the T20s as a result of the format was put in place maintaining the T20 World Cup in Australia in thoughts. Now, that is not taking place, and IPL is. The beginning of the Take a look at sequence can even be pushed by every week,” share those within the know.

India to play two warm-up games before the original series, starting from December 10. Before leaving for the series, they will go through two sets of COVID tests and two tests after reaching there. If all the reports come negative, players can start practising as two weeks of lockdown won’t be mandatory then.

The team has to return right after the completion of the ODI series in Australia for their next series against England at home. However, the scheduled between India and England series can also be changed.

“Adjustments will probably be made to that schedule too. England are prone to play three Assessments in India as a substitute of 5, adopted by 5 T20s and 5 ODIs. That can even assist compensate the host broadcaster who misplaced the India-South Africa sequence in March because of Covid,” sources concluded.

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