Former Australia opener feels the only way India’s scheduled tour of Australia later this yr can go ahead as deliberate is that if issues associated to sanitation and security are taken care of completely.
India are purported to play a T20I sequence in October, ahead of the T20 World Cup, which is to be adopted with a four-Test sequence for the Border Gavaskar Trophy and a 3-match ODI sequence. If the tour is compromised, Cricket Australia will incur a loss of roughly 300 million AUD however Hayden feels at a time like this, when lives are at stake, security holds utmost significance.
“Certainly, I think it should proceed if all health and safety issues are not compromised. If Cricket Australia can ensure clean stadiums then I think it should proceed but not until every last health authority in Australia is consulted with. No risks should be taken,” Hayden informed IANS.
With six months to the T20 World Cup, Hayden shouldn’t be certain of the ICC match going ahead as deliberate. Even although Australia is one of the mildly-affected nations when it involves the COVID-19, the largest problem is to get all 16 nations able to play the T20 World Cup, scheduled to start out October 18.
“It’s very difficult to see any live cricket happening at the moment. However, in Australia, we have largely remained unaffected by COVID-19. I will imagine the ICC will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure that not only the players are safe but the spectators are also safe if at all the T20 World Cup does take place,” Hayden mentioned.
“We do want to see live sport when it comes around to the backend of the year when the world is back to its feet. It will be a really good sign that the world is moving forward if the global cricket tournament can go ahead. So, my fingers are crossed that it does happen. But I am sure it won’t happen if there’s any medical risk to players and spectators.”