Some good news for Cricket fans as Cricket gradually seems to return with India’s tour of Australia set to take off from December 3rd this year. The Aussie fortress Gabba in Brisbane will host the first match of the series which has been impossible to breach for any touring side since 1988 as the hosts haven’t lost a Test here in 32 years.
After a lot of discussion, India has also agreed to play a Day Night Test on this tour which will be hosted by the beautiful Adelaide Oval which has been hosting Day Night Tests in almost every Aussie summer except when India traveled there in 2018. It will be India’s second Day Night Test and first ever on the foreign soil after having played Bangladesh in Kolkata last year. The other two venues on the series are Melbourne and Sydney which will host the 3rd and 4th Test respectively.
The Optus Stadium in Perth has missed out on hosting any Test in this series. It is the same venue where the Aussies had secured a win when India defeated them 2-1 in the series in 2018. However, WACA which is the other stadium in Perth is surprisingly making a return to cricket as it will host Afghanistan in a Day Night Test starting from 21st November to begin the Aussie summer.
The schedule also confirms that there will be no hub venues even amidst the COVID-19 threat. There were reports coming that the all the four matches in the series could be played at one venue to avoid teams travelling to different cities due to bio-security reasons. The Optus Stadium in Perth though, has been allotted an ODI against India after the Test series. India is set to play 3 ODIs in January next year.
Schedule for India’s series of Australia
First Test : 3-7 December, Gabba, Brisbane
Second Test ( Day-Night Test ) : 11-15 December, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Third Test : 26-30 December, MCG, Melbourne
Fourth Test : Early January, SCG, Sydney
ODIs not decided yet.
Whether there is any chance of crowds being present at matches during the summer will depend on developments of situation at the time being. For now, it is expected that the event might take place behind closed doors.
WT20 2020 to be played in 2022 !
In another news, the ICC is planning to postpone the WT20 which was scheduled in October- November this year to 2022 with the one in 2021 scheduled in India remaining unaffected as of now. However, this news has not been confirmed by anyone yet and ICC will take the final decision on it after the board’s annual meeting.
If the tournament gets postponed, the window of October – November might be used for playing IPL. BCCI has been very keen on hosting the IPL in that window this year and if the ICC takes such decision, it will only make it more convenient for BCCI to then schedule the IPL.
ICC has also warned BCCI that they might take away their 2021 WT20 hosting rights after the BCCI has failed to secure a tax exemption for the tournament from the Indian government.