India vs Australia test series, that is all set to be staged in December, could be delayed as BCCI is looking for every possible window to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the year 2020.
India vs Australia series to get delayed for hosting IPL 2020
The two sides were ready to play four test matches starting from 3rd December in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide. However, if the situation further deteriorates, venues might be shifted or tour can be canceled. It is to be noted that the test series is likely to be followed by a three-match T20 series which can later be followed by a three-match ODI series.
The T20 is most likely to be scrapped up but the ODIs can also be affected along with the test series.
“The present (interim) schedule for Australia tour was released by Cricket Australia (CA) with the first Test to begin on December 3. Also, to note is a three-match T20 series that was scheduled ahead of the Tests, to be followed by a three-match ODI series,” sources were quoted as saying in TOI
“One of those two – either T20s or ODIs – will have to be canceled. Most likely the T20s because the format was put in place keeping the T20 World Cup in Australia in mind. Now, that’ not happening, and IPL is. The start of the Test series will also be pushed by a week,” sources added.
Sourav Ganguly, BCCI’s president, had wished for a shorter quarantined period and wants cricket to resume as soon as possible. The sources have revealed the two weeks isolating period might not be necessarily followed.
“The president talked about a shortened quarantine. What he may have meant was that players will go through two separate Corona tests before leaving for Australia and two tests after landing there and if all are negative, health authorities are indicating that two weeks of lockdown won’t be necessarily mandatory,” sources stated.