BCCI in no hurry as Cricket Australia wants five-Test series against India
By: Express News Service |

Published: April 22, 2020 12:30:23 am


India received its first-ever Test series in Australia in January 2019. (Source: Reuters)

The BCCI is but to provide any thought to Cricket Australia’s (CA) five-Test series overture, as it feels the entire concept is somewhat untimely. According to a Board official, a lot will rely on the way forward for the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November.

On Tuesday, CA chief govt Kevin Roberts addressed the media by way of video convention and mentioned internet hosting an extra Test against India could possibly be an possibility. Asked about this, a BCCI official advised The Indian Express: “We haven’t given it a thought as yet. We have a World Cup and Australia is in lockdown (the country has closed its borders to all foreigners for six months) until the end of September. We have to see how they go for that (T20 World Cup). Depending on that, the bilateral series will be worked out.”

The financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is very large and cricket, like all different sectors, is already feeling the pinch. There’s an enormous query mark over the T20 World Cup going down as per the schedule and cancellation will see CA endure an enormous income loss. Every board would possibly stand to lose $7-Eight million if the ICC occasion is cancelled, however Australia being the event host, will take a much bigger hit. With India being the sport’s moneybags, CA is banking on the house series against Virat Kohli and firm to considerably make up for the loss. If by the top of the 12 months, the Covid-19 drawback doesn’t run its course and the tour is cancelled, the financial loss could possibly be irreparable.

As Roberts talked about, hosting the Test series at one venue, without spectators, is an option as well. “Whether or not there are people at the venue or not; we will explore all viable options. Fortunately, we have a little bit of time to work through the different scenarios with the India series. But we are not ruling out any possibility for that at this point in time,” Roberts mentioned.

As per the present itinerary, Australia are slated to host India for a four-Test series. However, again in January, when a CA delegation led by chairman Earl Eddings met BCCI office-bearers, the potential of incorporating an extra Test was mentioned. The Indian board, although, remained non-committal. At the second, India play five-Test series solely against England. But CA, too, is eager to have 5 matches in all India-Australia Test series, for India’s participation ensures huge income.

“We won’t rule anything out in terms of the Indian series. Along with the BCCI and Indian players, we want to stage a series that inspires the cricket world, whether or not there are people in the stands,” Roberts mentioned, including that the connection between Australian officers and their Indian counterparts is “strong”.

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T20 World Cup

The T20 World Cup trophy on show. (Source: File Photo)

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc globally, sport has come to a standstill. Roberts mentioned CA is significantly analyzing the potential of internet hosting the T20 World Cup as per schedule. Playing the matches behind closed doorways isn’t dominated out both.

“If you contemplate the prospect of the international season in particular being affected, we have an issue of (losing revenue of) hundreds of millions of dollars on our hands,” Roberts mentioned on the media convention.

He added: “We will be doing everything possible to launch and stage a season in 2020-21. What we do know is that the bigger returns from the broadcast rights around the event that are generated by the ICC are very important to all of our counterparts around the cricket world. So, it’s incumbent on us to do everything possible to stage and host the T20 World Cup.”

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Pay cuts doubtless

With CA estimating a income lack of $20 million as of now, contracted gamers reportedly could possibly be requested to take pay cuts. This is although the Australian board has a broadcast rights deal value $1.2 billion with Fox Sports and Channel Seven for a six-year cycle from 2018.

“We had been fully on monitor with our plan for the 12 months till coronavirus hit. The unlucky actuality of that’s we’re estimating that now we have taken a $20m impression to this point.

“And we have to anticipate, given the unknown and fast-moving nature of this situation, that there will be more risks than that $20m,” Roberts mentioned.

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