The past three months under the novel Coronavirus pandemic saw absoilutely no cricketing action, as the global lock down restricted all fixtures, series and tournaments. However, BCCI has recently hinted at a return of IPL 2020 around October, just a few days after Team India’s tour of Australia was confirmed for December, although with a catch. With the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus, all upcoming fixtures were proposed as behind closed doors events. However, it has been hinted that Kohli and co’s visit to Down Under can be possible in front of a crowd, a delightful news for the stadium goers!
While in India, USA, UK, Russia and Brazil, the battle against COVID-19 is going tougher by each day, Australia is an example of the countries that have been successful to curb the spread of the virus. With 6,783 recoveries out of 7,290 cases, Australia has been relaxing its nationwide lock down, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that crowds up to 10,000 will be allowed in sporting venues that have a capacity of 40,000, in the current unlatching of restrictions in the country, termed as ‘Step 3’.
“For outdoor organised events, sporting (or) cultural we will be moving, as part of Step 3, for events in stadia or other venues of that nature with a capacity of 40,000 or less to enable attendance at those events which are ticketed and are seated, and all the social distancing rules apply, for up to 25 percent of the capacity of those venues to take patrons.” PM Morrison announced on Friday.
The four match Test series will have matches at the The Gabba in Brisbane, Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground, and the restriction lifts of Step 3 will be done according to the different territories, as Morrison further stated.
“This is not something that’s happening straight away; this is something that would be happening as part of Step 3, where states and territories choose to move to that, and it will require a bit more work, so that’s in July, but we have to give venues and others time to prepare for that sort of change, and I think that would be welcome,” the Aussie PM added.
India’s Test series against Australia starts on December 3rd.