Australia vs India: 14-day quarantine places T20I sequence underneath scanner

New Delhi, July 23

While India is ready to play their first main worldwide sequence within the post-COVID-19 period towards Australia on the finish of the 12 months, the schedule for a similar might have slight tweaking as Cricket Australia is on the lookout for a window to slot in the three-match T20I sequence which was earlier set to be performed in October previous to the now postponed T20 World Cup.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley made it clear that the ‘14-day quarantine period is well defined’ for the visiting Indian workforce holding in thoughts the federal government rules, the schedule has seen a little bit of a tumble as there appears to be no area for the T20I sequence within the present state of affairs.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official stated that the matter is being mentioned and contemplating that the 14-day quarantine is a should as per Cricket Australia and the federal government there, it’s getting troublesome to slot in the T20I sequence.

“The protocols in place in Australia are necessary on account of the pandemic and it’s perfectly understandable. There are no two ways about that. We are all dealing with the challenges that the pandemic poses to us and the commitment with other boards regarding dates is a challenge that will prove difficult to meet in these circumstances and accordingly the dates and length of the tours may need to be tweaked and that may mean amending the number of matches. A 14-day quarantine means it would get reduced from the total length of the tour,” the official defined.

“We were apprised that work is being done on the schedule before it is finalised. They are looking at fitting in the T20I series. India also play England after returning from Australia and that schedule is also being worked out while the pink-ball Test is fixed for Ahmedabad. We need to see how the other venues are placed and the distance from hotels to the grounds and things like that with an eye on the current scenario due to the pandemic. Hopefully we will have further clarity before the end of the year as working in tandem with the government is a must.”

Explaining the hole between the Australia tour and the England workforce arriving for the Tests in India and in addition sandwiching within the T20Is, the official stated: “The ODI sequence in Australia at current ends on January 17 and even when the groups get a two-day breather earlier than beginning the T20I sequence, that may imply that the primary T20I can solely be performed by January 20. Having video games on alternate days on the similar venue would imply the T20I sequence ending on January 24. That would see India heading residence on January 26 on the earliest.

“Even if we imagine that quarantine rules won’t exist in India till then, you cannot have a Test series without at least a gap of 7-10 days as the boys need a minimum time to adapt back not just from white-ball to red, but also the change in timing. So, the England series moves into February.” — IANS

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