There is a 9 out of 10 chance that India will make the journey Down Under for a four-Test collection later this 12 months, Cricket Australia chief govt Kevin Roberts mentioned attempting to downplay the uncertainty triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CA is at the moment below a lot of monetary stress and is determined to have the India collection, which is able to fill its coffers with AUD 300 million from broadcast rights after it needed to reduce prices because of the pandemic. The collection is scheduled between November 2020 and January 2021.
“I guess there’s no such thing as certainty in today’s world so I can’t say 10 (out of 10), but I’m going to say nine out of 10,” Roberts advised News Corp.
“With the variable being, who would know whether or not we are able to have crowds … I’d be actually stunned if we are able to’t get the Indian tour away.
“But I wouldn’t, hand on coronary heart counsel we’ll have full crowds from the beginning. We’ll simply must see how that goes,” the below-strain chief govt mentioned.
However, in the case of away excursions, Roberts needs a bio-safe surroundings which could immediate Cricket Australia to discover choices of sending a crew for a white ball collection in England. But earlier than that, the CA would wait and watch how the Pakistan and the West Indies excursions of England pan out in phrases of well being security measures.
“I think there’s some chance we could send a team over,” Roberts mentioned.
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“Obviously we won’t jeopardise the safety of the players, but the best test of that is that the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour. We hope they go off without a hitch,” Roberts mentioned.
While the India tour is a profitable one, it’s unlikely that Australia would host Afghanistan for a one-off Test, which isn’t a half of the World Test Championship schedule.
The possibilities of T20 World Cup in Australia are additionally wanting dim within the prevailing circumstances because it might both be shifted to 2021 whereas India hosts its version in 2022.