The novel Coronavirus pandemic has not only caused a major disruption in human lives all around the world, it effectively put a complete halt to all sporting activities, including cricket. The fans of the gentleman’s game are now more than two months without any cricketing action to enjoy, and from many international tours to the 2020 Indian Premier League- a number of fixtures have met with either cancellation or postponement. However, the time has come for the fans to rejoice- as the dates of Team India’s tour of Australia has been provisional revealed!
The four-match Test series between the historical rivals has been confirmed to tentatively start on 3rd December, and Brisbane has been elected as the first venue, along with three other, confirmed by Cricket Australia.
The BCCI has also confirmed the joint decision with the Australian board, and the Men in Blue will fly to face the Aussies at the end of this year, provided that the COVID-19 crisis doesn’t turn worse in the country by then.
Australia has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19, with 6553 patients having recovered out of 7131 affected till date, and a low death toll of 102.
“Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday ticked off on the Test series beginning in Brisbane on December 3 before heading to Adelaide from December 11 and Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year Tests (January 3),” Australian media outlet 7news.com.au quoted.
Even if the red ball series receives a green light to commence, the matches are speculated to be behind closed doors, as a crowded stadium would still bear a potential risk of contamination.
“With Australia’s coronavirus situation easing, the series looks certain to go ahead without the need for a quarantine hub. The entire tour taking place in one city had been a possibility but the biggest question now is whether – or how many – fans will be allowed to attend the matches,” 7news.com.au added.
CA is also expected to release their international schedule for 2020-21 season this Friday.