Cricket India Considers Expanded 5-Test Series vs India by End of 2020

Australia plans to stage a five-test series with India by the end of the year to inspire the cricket world, whether with empty stands or spectators, time shall tell.

The prospect of a 5-day Test series between Australia and India is being considered as cricket authorities contemplate ways to make up for the lost time when peak of the corona virus time has passed.

Cricket Australia’s Chief Kevin Roberts says all options will be considered for hosting India, the sports major income generator, in December and January. That could include playing all games at single venue. Not only this, Australia are also pushing ahead to stage the Twenty20World Cup which is due to run from October 18 to November 15.

Roberts said. “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. We will be doing everything possible to launch and stage a season 2020-21.”

All sports leagues are on hold in Australia and strict border and travel restrictions have been imposed amid the pandemic, including bans on international visitors. The National Rugby League was staged two rounds in empty stadiums last month before the competition was postponed. The NRL is planning to relaunch the season in late May in a heavily modified competition, although there are strong critics of the push.

The last major sports event which was staged in Australia was on March 8 this year – The Women’s T20 World Cup Final which Australia won by 85 runs over India in front of more than 86000 people at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Afterwards strict social distancing rules were imposed.

Australia has seen around 7000 cases of COVID-19 and death of around 70 people till now. The infection rate however, seems to be decreasing in Australia, it is speculated that tight restrictions may start to ease in the coming times.

Roberts said that the relationship between Australian officials and Board of Control for Cricket in India is strong, and both sides are committed to stage five-test series in the future.  “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 people in the stands,” he said. “We need to face into all possibilities. Fortunately, we have little bit of time to work out scenarios.”

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